Women’s Auxiliary donates to diabetes initiative

WARREN — The Women’s Auxiliary at Trumbull Regional Medical Center donated $50,000 to Women United to pilot its diabetes initiative.

Women United is an affinity group of United Way of Trumbull County that launched in November 2018 and chooses to focus its efforts on the diabetes epidemic in Trumbull County.

The Women’s Auxiliary raises money through the Trumbull Regional Medical Center gift shop and donates it back to health-related causes in the county. The group agrees diabetes is a problem within the county because of the high costs associated with the disease, specifically the cost of insulin.

“Trumbull County is considered to be in the ‘diabetes belt’ of the country. I see people everyday who have to make a decision between paying for insulin or paying bills. These funds couldn’t come at a better time,” said Linda Tominey, RN, diabetes coordinator at Trumbull Regional Medical Center.

According to Tominey, 12 percent of the population in Trumbull County has diabetes, which is well above the national average of 8 percent.

“We all know someone who has been affected by the disease,” said Pam Marshall, the committee chair for Women United and physician’s liaison for Trumbull Regional Medical Center. “We are proud to be the only hospital in the Mahoning Valley to earn the Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Diabetes. Now with this exceptional donation, we can make an even bigger difference for people right here in Trumbull County.”

The initiative will focus on three issues: assistance with the cost of medication, transportation and education, along with awareness and prevention. Trumbull County has an 18 percent poverty rate, with 29 percent classified as working poor. Christine Cope, United Way of Trumbull County staff lead for Women United, said she believes this initiative will lessen the toll diabetes takes on the county.

“With this donation, we will be able to help diabetics in Trumbull County even more quickly than we could have hoped. We have a plan and timeline and will begin to roll out the program in June,” Cope said.