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  • The PACE Program

    The PACE (Prevention, Adherence, Collaboration, Education) program is dedicated to helping individuals with type II diabetes improve their health.  The program represents a partnership between the Pasadena Public Health Department, local community clinics (Community Health Alliance of Pasadena), Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in order to bring to Pasadena the highest quality care for individuals with diabetes.

    The highlights of this program include:

    PREVENTION.  For people over age 55 with type II diabetes, research has shown that a combination of certain medications can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.  These medications include aspirin, some blood pressure-controlling medications, and some cholesterol-controlling medications. The PACE program aims to help medical providers and patients understand the benefits of these medications and prescribe or take them when appropriate. Prevention also means making healthier choices, like eating nutritious foods, getting plenty of exercise, and not smoking. Through PACE, individuals can find resources to help them improve their nutrition and physical activity and to quit smoking. 

    ADHERENCE.  Sometimes, there are barriers that prevent people from getting or taking needed medications. The PACE program helps individuals with type II diabetes get the medications they need, understand why each medication is beneficial, and take them as prescribed. 

    COLLABORATION.  The PACE program helps individuals with type II diabetes take control of their own health and be the leader of their own healthcare team. This team includes the patient, doctors, pharmacists, other healthcare providers, family members, and friends. Together, this team can work together to identify and reach short-term and long-term health goals. Family and friends are integral to one’s health, because they influence lifestyle choices, including what to eat and how much to exercise. 

    EDUCATION.  The PACE program helps individuals understand the causes and treatments for type II diabetes and the impact their choices have on their health and well-being. The PACE program helps connect individuals with educational resources such as self-care, nutrition, exercise classes, weight management, and smoking cessation. 

    Currently, patients can enroll in the PACE program by visiting a provider at the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (CHAP) clinics. If you are 55 or older, living with type II diabetes, and would like to enroll in PACE, please visit your CHAP provider.   

    For more information on the CHAP clinics, please visit http://chapcare.org/.