Last month, we brought you an interview with Erin Lutes and Shawna Mitchell-Sisler — two Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows who are working to empower people living with both diabetes and mental illness in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.
On Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a front-page story about Lutes, Mitchell, and SF Empower — the program they’ve launched as their Schweitzer project:
can’t just tell a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic to organize his
blood sugar log,” said Shawna Mitchell Sisler, a registered nurse
studying to be a nurse practitioner. Techniques used by patients to
monitor their disease, she explained, may not necessarily work for those
with severe emotional or mental issues who may be homeless or have
Sisler and fellow nursing graduate student
Erin Lutes started a program called SF Empower at Glide Health Services
in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood to help patients of the
health clinic with both diabetes and mental health issues. The program
relies on taking its cues from the patients about what information and
support they need.
Read the full article by Victoria Colliver here.