Free diabetes and heart screenings for Williams and Grand Canyon residents

July 23, 2013

Williams and Grand Canyon residents now have access to free diabetes and heart screenings through the Northern Arizona Diabetes – Heart Connection and Diabetes Together programs. Services include identifying persons at risk for pre-diabetes using the American Diabetes Association recommendations; assessing for cardiovascular disease risk through a heart-health screening; providing an introductory visit with a certified diabetes educator and/or a registered dietitian; and developing a customized, culturally-competent plan to best address each person's individual needs.

In Williams, the free screenings are being held at the Williams North Country HealthCare Clinic, 201 S. Seventh St., from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday, July 25 and Thursday, Aug. 22.

In Grand Canyon, the free screenings are being held at the Tusayan Fire Department, 115b Highway 64, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7.

No appointment is necessary; for more information, call 928-853-0879.

Heart Connection and Diabetes Together are community-based programs sponsored by Flagstaff Medical Center, North Country HealthCare and Native Americans for Community Action. The programs are aimed at under-served, low-income Native Americans who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and/or diabetes. A National Institute of Health Strong Heart Study showed Native American participants with diabetes were four times more likely to experience heart failure than participants without diabetes.

The program is funded by a $158,160 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. This is the second consecutive year FMC has received a grant from the Foundation, receiving a total of $325,560. The grant was awarded through the Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program and will be used to fund the Northern Arizona Diabetes – Heart Connection screening and education program. FMC is one of only 22 organizations nationwide to receive funding this year through the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program. The program supports innovative work in the field of cardiovascular health.

To learn more about the programs and services offered at Flagstaff Medical Center, visit or call 928-779-3366.