NESCO recently applied for a state grant that would allow the new Latino Diabetes support group to meet more frequently (monthly). As part of the Diabetes Support Group, our newly trained facilitators would help teach the six week Living Well with Chronic Conditions curriculum to empower other seniors living with diabetes to increase their own quality of life. Some of those who completed the training will also serve as ambassadors in the Latino community, talking with different groups in the community about the Living Well with Chronic Conditions model and recruiting more people to go through the training. As we have always known, our Latino seniors are a very special group that works hard to better themselves and our community.
Our African American and Latino programs continue to flourish and the numbers we serve in rural Dane County keeps growing. In 2010 NESCO will spend over $15,000 on transportation for our Cultural Diversity program. As a result of our desire to provide more programs for African American and Latino seniors and the increasing need for transportation services NESCO recently applied for a national transportation grant to help cover these costs.