About Us

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:

  1. Collaboratively working together with diabetes programs across the region to support equitable access to and delivery of high quality diabetes care for those living with or at risk of diabetes;
  2. Operating the Toronto Central Referral Service (TCRS) – see below for more information;
  3. Operating this website to provide a place to easily find out about and get connected to diabetes-related support; and
  4. Supporting diabetes-related competency development among healthcare providers working in the TC LHIN (e.g. Case-based Discussions, New Hires Program).

Click on the image below to see highlights of our work over the last 5 years (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018)

The TDCC team is made up of the following members:

  • Justyna McLeod & Linda Huang –  TCRS Administrators
  • Dr. Jeremy Gilbert – Endocrinology Lead
  • Lori Sutton – Outreach Facilitator – Diabetes and Chronic Disease
  • Dr. Nicole Nitti – Primary Care Lead
  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Choose Health Self-Management Program – within the Toronto Central Region
    • peer-led group workshops that support people around improving their skills around self-management
  4. Diabetes Prevention Programs – within the Toronto Central Region
    1. healthcare provider-led group programs that help people learn how they can lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes
    2. 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.).

Referrals can be made on-line, through the mail, or over the phone.

All referrals are confidential and measures have been taken to ensure on-line forms are secure (all forms are enabled with 128 Bit SSL Protection). More information about how we protect people’s privacy is outlined in South Riverdale Community Health Centers’ Privacy Policy.