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How The City of Houston DAWN Program Works


Houston is a foodie’s dream come true.

Unlimited options of world class BBQ, burgers and Tex-Mex can serve as both a gift and a curse.

When you eat these thing in moderation it’s no big deal. When you “eat good” everyday is when it can  become problematic.

Roughly 29 million people or 9% of Americans have a diagnosis of diabetes. If you are african-american, hispanc or american indian you are twice as likely to have it as someone who is caucasian. The bottom line is diabetes is a huge problem.

Despite the staggering stats, diabetes is a condtion that you can control if you are educated.

One program that wants to ensure you are properly managing diabetes is the City of Houston DAWN Program.

In this guide we’ll tell you all about the DAWN Program. Once you finish reading this guide you will know the following:

  • What DAWN Program does
  • What serivces they provide
  • Who qualifies for the program
  • Where the program is located
  • How you enroll

Lets start by stating what the DAWN Program is all about.

What Is The DAWN Program? 

The DAWN Program  (or Diabetes Awarness & Wellness Network) is a diabetes self-management and education program.

The program is managed by the City of Hosuton’s Health Department.

What Services Does The DAWN Program Offer? 

The DAWN Program provides education and support to anyone who has a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

Some of the services that DAWN Provides are:

  • Nutrition Classes
  • Cooking Classes
  • Health Coaching + Goal Setting
  • Trips to the grocery store to learn which aisles you should avoid (spoiler alert: the middle aisles with cookies and chips)
  • Physical Fitness Classes
  • An Onsite Gym
  • Referrals to PCP, Podiatrist, etc
  • And more…

The DAWN Program ONLY focuses on the educational aspect of diabetes care. It does not diagnose, treat or offer any clinical services related to diabetes.

Who Qualifies For The DAWN Program? 

To qualify for this program you must have an existing diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

Note: At this time the DAWN Program does not accept individuals with type 2 diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes consider St. Lukes who has a similar program that does accept individuals w type 1 diabetes. For more information call St. Lukes at 832.355.7444. 

Where Is The DAWN Program Located? 

The program is located in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood.  It is housed in the City of Houston’s Third Ward Multi-Service Center. The closest major intersection is Ennis and Alabama Street.

The address to the program is 3611 Ennis Street, Houston, TX 77004.  You can reach them by calling 832.393.4055 or emailing them at dawncenter@houstontx.gov.

How Do You Enroll In The DAWN Program? 

To enroll in the DAWN Program simply call 832.393.4055 and ask about enrollment.

Conclusion

We’re from Texas just like you, so on occasion we too fall victim to destroying a BIG plate of ribs with baked beans and macaroni.

At the same time there comes a point where we all have to educate ourselves about the things we are eating and how its effecting our health.

If you are a type 2 diabetic who is uncertain of the type of foods that SHOULD be in your diet, the program can definitley help you.

For more information on how they can help you to become more healthy, more energetic and live longer, visit their Third Ward location or call them at 832.393.4055.

In your opinion, what do you think keeps us from improving our eating habits? Tell us about your thoughts in the comments below. 

Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 10 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans and creating easy to understand community resources on his site HoustonCaseManagers.com. To become a more saucy social worker, hop on his free email list and receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.