Diabetes Program

Diabetes Program

The Free Clinics offers a Diabetes Program for newly diagnosed patients or those patients who have diabetes that is not well-managed.  The program includes three main components:

Bridges to Health: Diabetes

  • Open to patients with prediabetes, type-1, or type-2 diabetes
  • Free primary care
  • No appointment needed; drop-in visits offered weekly
  • A comprehensive group providing medical care, behavioral health care, and health education
  • Meters, testing supplies, and prescription medications from our pharmacy
  • One-on-one visits with an RN case manager to create individualized care plans and set goals
  • Nutritional education
  • Free annual eye exam
  • A1c test every three months; microalbumin test annually 
  • Foot exam(s), annually or as appropriate 

Endocrinology Clinic

  • Consultation with an Endocrinologist (available with referral from a primary care physician; this can be the BTH: Diabetes program)
  • Personalized visit with a Registered Dietitian
  • Ongoing support, monitoring, and education by a Registered Nurse

Eye Clinic

  • Comprehensive diabetic eye exam with an Ophthalmologist (available with referral from primary care physician; this can be the BTH: Diabetes program).
  • Referrals and support for ongoing care (if needed) and eyewear

Patients should call 828.697.8422 for more information.

Please see eligibility guidelines for TFC services.