Williamsburg free clinic earns CDC recognition for diabetes care

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The Angels of Mercy Clinic, pictured here in 2013, won national recognition for diabetes prevention. (WYDaily file photo)

A free health clinic in Williamsburg has won recognition from the Centers for Disease Control for its efforts in preventing type 2 diabetes.

The Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic, 7151 Richmond Rd., provides health care to underinsured and uninsured patients from greater Williamsburg and Charles City and New Kent counties, according to a release. It’s the first clinic in Virginia to earn the CDC’s full recognition.

“The programs recognized by the CDC have agreed to use a CDC-approved curriculum that meets the CDC’s high standards,” the release said. 

The clinic was closed Monday and did not respond to a request for comment.

Jeanne Black, a certified nurse practitioner, founded Angels of Mercy in 1997, according to the clinic’s website. It is a nonprofit health care corporation staffed by Black, several physicians, two registered nurses and three medical assistants. Also, a team of pre-med students from the College of William & Mary work as volunteer health coaches.

“The majority of our patients are the working uninsured,” the site says. “They come to us with four or more chronic illnesses and have neglected their health for years.”

By way of example, the website says 50 percent of the clinic’s patients suffer from high blood pressure and 40 percent have high cholesterol; a quarter of patients have Type 2 diabetes and 22 percent have asthma.

To get them on a path to better health, the clinic enrolls patients in a “Therapeutic Lifestyle Program,” stressing self-care and prevention, the website says.

Angels of Mercy previously earned recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, as a participant in its Diabetes Recognition Program, the release said. Angels of Mercy is also accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators as a Diabetes Self-Management Education Site.

More information about the clinic is available here