BCDiabetes does outreach with research participants, prospective participants, and members of the community, on how to prevent and live well with diabetes and its complications, as well as the role of research and clinical trials in developing new therapies and treatments. Our staff evaluate and seek to improve our outreach activities on a regular basis.
Here are some examples of events we have done in the past:
- BCDiabetes staff participated in free blood pressure testing and education at KDS Ross Sikh Temple (Khalsa Diwan Society Vancouver, BC) with staff from Naz’s Pharmacy.
- BCDiabetes staff gave a presentation on diabetes care to the Yoruba Social and Cultural Association.
- Marine Drive Golf Club Charity Tournament – Dr. Elliott shared his expertise with diabetes and his experience developing research projects to better understand new methods of treating diabetes.
- UBC Endocrinology Research Fest – Dr. Elliott presented on the myBCD compliance and adherence app to his department colleagues.
- BCDiabetes staff members volunteered to provide education on blood pressure and glucose monitoring at various Sikh Temples and continue this service on a quarterly basis.
- BCDiabetes staff volunteered at Kwantlen Park Secondary High School to give presentation on diabetes awareness and what can students do to prevent it in the long run. They touched on the 3 pillars of diabetes management: diet, exercises and traditional and non-traditional therapy.
- With the support of OneTouch and Astrazeneca, BCDiabetes team participated in the Surrey 2018 Vaisakhi Parade. Volunteers and staff members checked for glucose levels, educated the community on better diabetes management and provided awareness about our clinical trials.
If you are an organization or group that is interested in partnering with us on the diabetes awareness initiative, please contact us and ask to speak to a Community Engagement Coordinator. We are more than happy to share our diabetes knowledge in creating awareness on various community platforms!