Know Your Numbers Campaign
At Celerion, our community outreach does not only serve to inform the public about who we are and medical research opportunities, but we also use this time to give back to our community. In April 2016, Celerion launched a “Know Your Numbers” campaign in the Phoenix, AZ area. Through this initiative, we provide free hemoglobin A1c health checks at local community events.
Hemoglobin A1c reflects blood glucose levels over the past 2 to 3 months. This number helps an individual know if they are in a healthy range; falling in a prediabetes range, indicating risk of developing type 2 diabetes; or if they have diabetes, how well their medication is controlling their glucose levels. In the Phoenix area, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is estimated at 10.8%, this is considerably higher than the national US average of 9.4%. In addition, the number for prediabetes rates is also startling. According to the CDC, one-in-three people have prediabetes yet only 1 out of 10 know this, making diabetes prevention and awareness essential for our community.
Since the start of this initiative, Celerion has provided 1389 free A1c health checks across 24 events with 14 local community partners. Results from the health checks have been recently published in the journal Trials and shared with our community partners, to aid them in developing strategies to best assist those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For our efforts to promote prediabetes and diabetes awareness, Celerion have been recognized by the American Diabetes Association, Maricopa County Health Department, and The Arizona Partnership for Immunization.
National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017. Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pdfs/data/statistics/national-diabetes-statistics-report.pdf.
American Diabetes Association. Diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care. 2010;33 Suppl 1:S62–9. https://doi.org/10.2337/dc10-S062.