A diabetes screening event can detect prediabetes as well as diabetes.
- Partner with healthcare professionals to carry out your on-site screening event. They are knowledgeable about local healthcare laws, governmental regulations and the appropriate medical screening equipment and supplies to be used during your event.
- Lab professionals, diabetes educators and other medical professionals play key roles in the organization and implementation of your screening.
- Your Lions district may have a diabetes mobile screening unit; consider reserving it for your screening event.
- You may also want to plan a screening in conjunction with a Strides event.
Tips for Organizing a Diabetes Screening
- Arrange for medical personnel and medical equipment.
Government health departments, universities, hospitals, nurses or private physicians often agree to perform free or low cost public screenings.
- Obtain legal clearance/permits from local authorities.
Adhere to the appropriate healthcare laws and regulations for your jurisdiction when conducting health screenings.
- Select a date for the screening.
- Secure a location for the screening.
Possible locations can include: schools, libraries, houses of worship, community centers or homes for the elderly.
- Provide advance publicity.
Use social media and other communication channels to notify the public about the date and location of the screening.
- Stay in touch with community partners (medical professionals, manager of screening location, volunteers, etc.)
Tips for Conducting a Diabetes Screening
- Organize and set up the screening room.
- Provide free transportation for persons who lack access.
- Assist with record-keeping functions.
- Distribute professional diabetes information and publications.
- Provide other assistance to healthcare professionals in accordance with local laws and regulations.
Following Up After the Screening
- Send letters of appreciation to persons involved in the screening.
This includes healthcare professionals who donated time, community centers that provided a venue and medical companies or local healthcare providers that donated equipment and supplies.
- Provide publicity after your screening.
Let your community know about the details of your event, including the number of persons who benefited from the free public screening. Use social media to highlight your event and issue a press release or other community announcement.
- Use the LCI online Service Activity Report to share information about your screening.