There are many different cultures and languages spoken within the Waterloo Wellington region. There are programs and resources available for individuals with diabetes who may identify with the following types of programs.
Multicultural Programs and Resources
Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre (KDCHC) Multicultural Diabetes Education Program
The KDCHC offers a multicultural diabetes education program that provides culturally relevant diabetes information in Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu. This program is for adults with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes.
Visit www.kdchc.org or call 519-745-4404 #209 for more information.
You may complete a diabetes self-referral form and follow the instructions on the form. You may also phone Diabetes Central Intake at 519-947-1000 and press 2 for help with referring yourself.
Aboriginal Programs and Resources
The Waterloo Wellington region is home to over 9,000 Aboriginal residents, inclusive of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. Our local Aboriginal residents represent approximately 1.5% of the total population in our region.
The prevalence of diabetes in the Aboriginal commmunity is three times the national prevalence. It is important that there are programs to support these people and to provide services that respect their health beliefs and approaches to care.
The following programs are available in this region:
Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI)
This initiative is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) to provide programs and services focusing on education, prevention and management of diabtes in Aboriginal communities, both on and off-reserve.
SOADI values include:
- Respect for autonomy and diversity
- Community-based and responsive services
- Wholistic wellness (physical, spiritual, mental and emotional balance)
- A spirit of sharing and cooperation
- Personal choice and the right to privacy
For more information on SOADI DIabetes Education programs, visit www.soadi.ca or phone 1-888-514-1370
Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre (KDCHC) Aboriginal Diabetes Program
KDCHC has recently partnered with SOADI to deliver a Regional Aboriginal Diabetes Program. This program is funded by the Waterloo Wellington Local Integration Network (LHIN) and is currently being developed. It is a 6 week program delivered by a Diabetes Nurse Educator, a Registered Dietitian and an Elder. For more information, contact KDCHC Diabetes Education program at 519-772-0192.
Other resources to support you in understanding healthcare for Indigenous populations:
Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy
Health Council of Canada (Please note that HCC is no longer operating, but will keep up the webiste--information will not be updated.)
BC First Nations Health Handbook
National Aboriginal Health Organization
French Programs and Resources
In partnership with the French Community Health Centre in Hamilton, some diabetes education programs in our region offer "Living Well with Diabetes" session in French through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).
These educational programs provide you with the tools and skills needed to properly self-manage your diabetes and enable you to live a healthy life. Sessions will focus on various topics led by health care professionals such as Certified Diabetes Educators and/or Registered Dietitians. Contact your local diabetes education program for more information about this program or watch our calendar of events page on our website.
The MOHLTC also offers health resources online. Click here for more resources