25 Years Later, Harmon Diabetes Center Still Serving Community

Center's services continue to improve community health in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Oct. 1, 2012) – This year marks the 25th anniversary of Harmon Diabetes Center, one of the first diabetes education programs established in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Since opening its doors in 1987, Harmon Diabetes Center has held a long track record of successfully teaching patients how to control and live with diabetes through its classes instructed by Certified Diabetes Educators.

“In its 25th year of service to the Kansas City community, Harmon Diabetes Center has effectively equipped patients with the knowledge and tools necessary to live with this potentially debilitating disease,” said The Research Foundation president Cynthia Randazzo. “Through its group classes, individualized appointments, and support group, Harmon Diabetes Center aims to improve the health of its patients. We want to continue to ensure that diabetes patients are properly educated on how to cope and live with their diagnosis.”

Drs. Ahmad Al Mubaslat and Marianne Hudgins, Co-Medical Directors of Harmon Diabetes Center, both find the Center as a valuable educational forum for physicians and patients to utilize.

Dr. Mubaslat said, “Harmon Diabetes Center has been a beneficial resource in providing patient education and guidance over the years. The Center continues to have a history of success, as the group classes have proven to be a game changer for diabetic patients wishing to take responsibility for their health. Staffed with highly trained, very dedicated individuals who possess a great deal of knowledge about diabetes, I greatly admire their lasting efforts to improve the lives of their patients.”

“Education is the key component to the management of diabetes,” said Dr. Hudgins. “Harmon Diabetes Center has proven to be an invaluable tool to patients and physicians, as the Center provides comprehensive, quality diabetes education to its patients. We look forward to continuing our partnership with physicians in order to make these educational opportunities possible as it will only empower patients to become better self-managers, resulting in improved quality of life.”

A program of The Research Foundation, Harmon Diabetes Center has repeatedly been recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management education since 1999.

About The Research Foundation: The Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization in Kansas City, Mo. dedicated to strengthening the community and empowering people to live healthier, productive lives through its health education and scholarship programs. The Harmon Diabetes Center teaches self-management diabetes education to help patients control their diabetes and reduce the chance for life-threatening complications. The award-winning ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City injury prevention program educates area youth through free school-based assemblies aimed at helping young people prevent traumatic injuries and deaths. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students pursuing a nursing career. For more information, visit theresearchfoundationkc.org.