Published on March 29, 2017

Diabetes Screening | DOHC

Diabetes screening event proves a possible life-saver for two in Coachella

(March 29, 2017 – Palm Springs, CA)
Many of us have a friend or family member living with diabetes but may have never thought about our own risk for the disease. But 140 people decided to change that on Tuesday, March 28 in Coachella when they attended the Alert Day Health Fair in the parking lot of the Food4Less store at 49241 Grapefruit Blvd., where Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) has a Primary Care location.

Two of those tested showed dangerously high blood sugar and were taken to a nearby hospital. “It’s days like this that make you glad you’re a healthcare professional because we helped bring a potential concern to lots of people, particularly the two that were unaware of having such high blood sugar that it presented a clear and present danger to their health,” said Teresa Hodgkins, Pharm.D. and VP of Clinical Quality Initiatives for DOHC. “Nine out of 10 Americans most at-risk for type 2 diabetes don’t know it. That’s the value of this day and why we were so happy to participate in this important event.”

Staff members of DOHC’s Medication Management Department tested blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index. Those being tested were also counseled on the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms, as well as the risk factors for diabetes and pre-diabetes. Prevention and early diagnosis is critical in the successful treatment of the disease, which is a serious global health concern.

Other participants at the Alert Day Health Fair included the American Diabetes Foundation, FIND Food Bank, Walgreens, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Volunteers in Medicine, Brian Billhartz Insurance, Inter Valley Health Plan, South Bay Health & Insurance Services, KUNA-FM.

You can determine your risk for diabetes by clicking here to take the test in English or Spanish.

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About Desert Oasis Healthcare

Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market. DOHC provides primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies and other services to more than 60,000 members/patients living in the greater Coachella Valley and the Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The multidisciplinary and comprehensive care programs of DOHC are committed to educating individuals on preventive health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, "Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion." For more information, visit