History

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Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, is an independent organization that has served northeast Ohio as the major local source of education, research, and advocacy for the prevention and treatment of diabetes for nearly 60 years.   Diabetes Partnership (DPC) is the product of two organizations:  The Cleveland Diabetes Society established in 1946, comprised of physicians and the Diabetes League of Greater Cleveland established in 1948 comprised of lay members.  In 1954, these two organizations came together bringing the collective wisdom and passion of both group to join forces to provide services throughout the community.  

Until 1959, with the cooperation of leading members of the community, Diabetes Partnership - or Diabetes Association of Cleveland, as it was known at that time - helped initiate and found the Health Fund of Greater Cleveland and became a member when it was established in 1960.  The Health Fund and its agencies joined United Torch in 1972, later renamed United Way Services.  Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland continues to be a United Way Partner Agency today.

Detailed highlights of Diabetes Partnership's history

 
In 2006, Camp Ho Mita Koda for children with diabetes merged with Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland.  Founded in 1929 by Dr. Henry John and his wife, Camp Ho Mita Koda is the oldest summer camp for children with diabetes. Dr. John brought six young patients to his summer cottage so they could enjoy activities previously not available to children with this disease and to provide some relief to their families. From those six children camping with Dr. John in Newbury, Ohio, the Camp has grown to serving more than 200 children annually on 72 beautiful wooded acres.  Through participating in common summer camp activities, Camp HMK campers gain confidence while effectively learning to manage their disease.

For 50 years, Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland had been the major supporter of Camp Ho Mita Koda.  Since 1991, DPC also provided management services to the camp and housed the camp’s year round operations in its offices.  Diabetes educators and dietitians on staff continue to oversee diabetes and nutrition education at Camp and DPC’s Director of Camp and Youth Programs oversees camp administration. The addition of the Camp formally reinforces Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland's ability to deliver services throughout a person's life.

More about Camp Ho Mita Koda's rich history

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With collaborations and partnerships with agencies throughout northeast Ohio, that founding partnership between health professionals and the community is even stronger.  The organization is comprised of diabetes professionals, members of the lay community, staff and volunteers, all of whom are committed to serving the health care community and those affected by diabetes. 

Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland

3601 S. Green Rd., #100
Beachwood, OH 44122
Phone: 216-591-0800 | Fax: 216-591-0320
information@diabetespartnership.org

 

 

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