Main Community Health Program
San Antonio Community Health Alert (SACHA)
In 2012, according to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans had diabetes. As of last year, the ratio of San Antonio’s diabetic population was 14%, or twice the national average. And complications or co-morbid conditions associated with the disease include: Hypoglycemia, hypertension, heart attacks and strokes, blindness or severe eye problems, and kidney failure.
As the name suggests, SACHA is a grassroots response to those alarming facts, and to the diabetes problem that our community faces. The program is designed to: (1) raise awareness at the grassroots level about this diabetes epidemic, (2) provide state-of-the-art diabetes prevention education to those living in some of the most underserved areas of our city, and 3) provide the diabetic population with a broad and consistent access to the best treatment options available. Given that diabetes is one of the two leading causes of kidney diseases requiring organ transplantation, SACHA also provides patients who must undergo transplant surgery with the pre-and post-surgery education, follow-up, and financial support they need to achieve optimal health. SACHA is compliant with the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s proven Diabetes Prevention Program.
Target Population: Low-income children ages 0-17 and adults 18 years of age and over.
A Pacesetting Nonprofit Agency