The Christopher Carter Foundation raises money through the generosity of people like you! Every year, we host a series of fundraising events such as our annual TCCF Memorial Golf Tournament and our Christopher Carter Memorial Twilight 5K. We receive donations and sponsorships through these events, as well as other opportunities throughout the year.
We have partnered with the Virginia Hospital Center (Arlington, VA) to establish The Christopher Carter Memorial Fund. The purpose of this fund is to subsidize diabetes education, prevention and treatment at Virginia Hospital Center (VHC). 100% of all money donated to this fund is used for this specific purpose. In other words, every penny of your donations goes directly towards this great cause. No gift is too small, so if you would like to donate today, please visit our Donate section (link also found in the left navigation bar).
HOW WILL WE USE THE MONEY?
Since 2010, we have raised over $70,000 for our fund! That money is now being put into action in the local Northern Virginia community. The VHC Foundation is directing the use of our funding towards two parallel efforts that will foster both early detection of diabetes and high quality treatment of the disease.
The rates of diabetes in minority communities are staggering. To focusing on the needs of the African American community in Arlington, several churches are collaborating to hold two health fairs in 2011 which will address a wide range of health issues. Virginia Hospital Center’s Health Promotions Department is involved with this effort. They have created a diabetes specific health booth that offers a diabetes diagnostic test called the A1c test to screen for diabetes along with a healthcare questionnaire to assess risk.
One of the challenges with screening for diabetes is that an
individual blood sugar reading with a glucose monitor is not an accurate
diagnostic tool as it’s immediately affected by what the person just ate
(fasting is needed to be accurate). The A1c
test was adopted by the American Diabetes Association as a screening measure in
2009 as it provides a 3 month snapshot of blood sugar control. Previously this test was used in the
management of diabetes, not in the screening.
With the use of our funds, the VHC is offering this critical test first beginning with a health fair in the Fall and then ideally at other health fairs, going forward, that serve groups that are at a high risk for diabetes. This effort goes to the heart of our organizational mission by identifying people with pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes and referring them for treatment.
Diabetes Center of Excellence
Center presently has several nationally
accredited centers of excellence in areas of patient care including breast
health, stroke, and joint replacement. Virginia Hospital Center
now plans to pursue accreditation for its diabetes program through the Joint
Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care. This accreditation recognizes hospitals that
make (and maintain) exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes across all
The process of achieving accreditation is complex, with Virginia Hospital Center needing to invest in staff education and the creation of policies and practices that will align their practices with these requirements. The first step in achieving accreditation is a self-assessment and gap analysis followed by a systematic process for achieving the requirements. The final step is an actual review by the Joint Commission to earn accreditation.