About Toronto Diabetes Care Connect
Toronto Diabetes Care Connect (TDCC) (previously known as the Toronto Central Diabetes Program) is a program of South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) that is funded by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN).
Since 2013 TDCC has worked with healthcare providers and organizations across the Toronto Central Region to make it as easy as possible for people living with or at risk of diabetes to get the high quality care they need. Some of the ways that we do this are by:
- Operating the Toronto Central Referral Service (TCRS) – see below for more information;
- Operating this website to provide a place to easily find out about and get connected to diabetes-related support;
- Offering professional education opportunities to healthcare providers in the region (e.g. Case-based Discussions, New Hires Program); and
- Collaboratively working together with diabetes programs across the region to support equitable access to high quality diabetes care for those living with or at risk of diabetes.
The TDCC team is made up of the following members:
- Anne-Marie Williamson – TCRS Administrator
- Dr. Jeremy Gilbert – Endocrinology Lead
- Lori Sutton – Outreach Facilitator – Diabetes and Chronic Disease
- Dr. Nicole Nitti – Primary Care Advisor – Special Projects (TC LHIN)
- Shannon Wiens – Director of Organizational Health Systems
About the Toronto Central Referral Service
The Toronto Central Referral Service (TCRS) can easily connect individuals living with or at risk of diabetes to a number of diabetes programs across the Toronto Central Region and in some cases across Ontario. The TCRS is able to connect individuals to the following types of diabetes-related supports:
- Diabetes Education Programs – within Ontario
- programs supporting type 2 diabetes management and prevention (led healthcare providers)
- 17 community-based programs are located in this region including the Diabetes Education Community Network of East Toronto (DECNET), located at South Riverdale Community Health Centre.
- Diabetes Eye Screening (Teleophthalmology Program) – within the Toronto Central Region
- yearly diabetes eye screening for people with type 2 diabetes at a number of locations across the city, including South Riverdale Community Health Centre
- Choose Health Self-Management Program – within the Toronto Central Region
- peer-led group workshops that support people around improving their skills around self-management
- Diabetes Prevention Programs – within the Toronto Central Region
- healthcare provider-led group programs that help people learn how they can lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Special programs are available that focus on Aboriginal, Caribbean, East African, Latin American, and South Asian populations
Anyone can get connected by completing a referral (e.g. person living with or at risk of diabetes, caregiver, community support person, healthcare provider, etc.).