dia-1aOur mission is to strengthen our community for each of its members by providing premier services for children and adults of all abilities in a collaborative and creative environment. Through the Diabetes Program of People, Incorporated, our goal is to improve the health and well being of the communities that we serve by advancing diabetes prevention, early detection, education and disease management.

The Diabetes Program of People, Incorporated is committed to the following principles:

    • Empowering individuals through peer education

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  • Bridging ethnic, racial and age barriers
  • Creating a foundation of lifelong management
  • Encouraging early detection and prevention
  • Providing diabetes awareness and education to the public and professionals
  • Collaborating with partners to meet the needs and fill the gaps in service
  • Focusing on youth and their families

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This is achieved by utilizing a multi-pronged approach to reach the needs of those at-risk for, or diagnosed with, diabetes across a spectrum of age and culture. Programs are designed to meet the unique and individual needs of children and adults in the Greater New Bedford and Fall River communities.

The Diabetes Program of People, Incorporated is a member of the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The Jack Rua Camp for Children with Diabetes is Accredited by the American Camping Association and is a member of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association.


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Community Awareness and Education

The Diabetes Program of People, Incorporated aims to provide comprehensive diabetes education and support throughout the Southeast region. This is accomplished by working with community partners to reach those at risk for, or diagnosed with, diabetes in settings that are accessible to large groups of individuals.

dai4The Diabetes Program of People, Incorporated provides a wide range of support and services for children at risk for, or diagnosed with, diabetes. These services are aimed at helping children and their families manage their diabetes to reduce the incidents of complications and lead long, healthy lives.

  • Youth Exercise, Sports and Supports (YESS) Program
  • Teen Group
  • Camp Jack
  • Backpacks for Newly Diagnosed Children with Diabetes
  • Individualized Assessment and Consultation by a Registered Nurse
  • Emergency Diabetic Supplies and Diabetes Related Materials
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The Diabetes Program of People, Incorporated aims to provide comprehensive diabetes education and support throughout the South Coast region. This is accomplished by working with community partners to reach those at risk for, or diagnosed with, diabetes in settings that are accessible to large groups of individuals.

  • Professional Education
  • School Education and Support
  • Hospitals, Physicians and Schools - Referral Services
  • Youth Services
  • Referrals
dai3The Diabetes Program of People, Incorporated provides a wide range of support and services for adults at-risk for, or diagnosed with, diabetes. These services are aimed at helping adults manage their diabetes to reduce the incidents of complications and lead long, healthy lives.

  • Accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
  • Emergency Diabetic Supplies
  • Diabetes Information and Support Groups
  • Individualized Assessment and Consultation by a Registered Nurse
  • Instruction in Self Blood Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Administration
  • Diabetes Related Materials
  • Physical Fitness Classes

CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)is a year long prevention program developed for individuals who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or are at high risk for developing diabetes. It is based on research done that proves type 2 diabetes can be prevented. Goals include weight loss and increase physical activity. It starts as weekly 1 hour classes followed by monthly meetings. The program is held at People, Incorporated 4 South Main St. Fall River, MA in the Great Room. This is a FREE program. For more information on registration and start dates, contact Rose Couto at rcouto@peopleinc-fr.org or by calling the Diabetes Association at 509-679-5233.

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camp2The Jack Rua Camp for Children with Diabetes is a friendly place where youth with diabetes, ages 5 through 14, their siblings and friends benefit from hands-on learning experiences in diabetes management and support within a fun and welcoming environment. Our mission is to foster friendships among children with diabetes, their siblings and friends through a safe, active program while enabling them to learn about and face the common challenges of diabetes.

The Jack Rua Camp for Children with Diabetes runs for 6-weeks during the months of July and August and is held at the beautiful Camp Buxton, located at 90 Pond Street in Rehoboth, MA. The program’s small enrollment and staff-to-camper ratio ensures a quality camp program in which the campers receive camp-acc plenty of supervision from exceptional role models, take part in a variety of camp experiences and learn something new every day. Program areas include Arts and Crafts, Nutrition and Diabetes Education, Archery, Nature and Sports. There are also field trips and daily events based on the weekly themes and plenty of special guests and surprises.

The following ensures your camper’s health and safety while they enjoy camp:

Registered Nurse (RN) on Site

Local Pediatrician as the Camp Health Care Consultant

Staff Who are Trained by a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

Staff Members Certified in CPR and First Aid

Policies and Procedures in Compliance with the MA Department of Public Health

Designated Blood Glucose Testing Time and Location

Diabetes Regimen Followed

Appropriate Snacks and Drinks Provided

Accredited Member of the American Camp Association (ACA)

Member of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA)

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dai1The Diabetes Program of People, Incorporated aims to provide comprehensive support and education services to diabetes patients to compliment the services provided by physicians and local hospitals. This community-based program provides an array of supportive services to meet the individual needs of children and adults with diabetes.

  • Professional Education
  • School Education and Support
  • Hospitals, Physicians and Schools - Referral Services
  • Youth Services
  • Referrals

Diabetes Association Inc.
4 South Main Street Fall River, MA 02721
Phone: (508) 679-5233
Fax: (508) 679-6211