Nearly a third of BVMI patients have diabetes or


The Diabetes Care and Education Program was established to address a chronic health condition that impacts a significant number of BVMI patients. 

Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to increased risk of stroke, heart disease, circulatory problems and neuropathy, visual impairment, kidney disease – even death.

The intake for all patients includes a comprehensive primary care examination. If results indicate that they are diabetic or pre-diabetic, they are then referred to our diabetes team for further care and follow-up.

A new Diabetes Prevention Program launched in January, 2019.

We help patients living with diabetes 

Howard has lost 30 pounds!
Howard has lost 30 pounds!
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Anita is managing her diabetes
Anita is managing her diabetes
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Rosa knows how to take insulin
Rosa knows how to take insulin
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BVMI is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated

team of diabetes professionals:

Charlotte Sokol, MD

A pioneer in care for diabetes patients, having

spent her professional career at Hackensack Hospital.

Dr. Sokol plays an integral role in helping to guide

and manage the Diabetes Care and Education Program.

Holly Homa, RN, BC, CDE

BVMI’s Certified Diabetes Educator works with diabetic patients to help them manage their disease. She has a strong interest in nutrition, and provides patients with education on the importance of healthy eating and carbohydrate counting, as well as information on medication management and self-monitoring.

Karla Lozano

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) coordinator works with patients who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  The DPP is a year-long program that educates patients on a healthy lifestyle including healthy foods, exercise and stress reduction.


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  • 29.1 million people in the US have diabetes–one out of 11 people

  • $245 billion in medical costs and lost work and wages

  • One out of every 12
    Asian Americans has diabetes

  • African Americans are almost two times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites

  • US Hispanics are almost two times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites

  • 86 million people–1/3 of adults–have pre-diabetes

  • 15% to 30% of people with pre-diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within 5 years



Living a good life, despite diabetes

“I do it for my boys,” says Santiago with a smile as he eagerly shows off pictures of Mateo (15 years old) and Samuel (14 years old). 


When Santiago first came to BVMI, he was showing all the classic signs of Type II diabetes. He had blurry vision, frequent hunger and a need to use the bathroom often. “I would be spending time with my family and I would always have to disrupt beautiful moments to go eat or go to the bathroom. My wife was so worried about me.”

Thankfully, his wife Clara took notice and started to look into their options. Like many of BVMI’s patients, Santiago had once had insurance through his employer. After 30 years at the same company, he was laid off. Santiago was then without a job – and without insurance. It seemed nearly impossible that Santiago would be able to see a doctor.

Clara, a nanny, told her co-worker Alex about Santiago. Alex had been in similar situation, working as a maid and without insurance. Then she found BVMI. She told Clara, and before the end of the day, Santiago and Clara were scheduled to come in for an eligibility screening.

“It is a blessing to have BVMI – most people can’t afford medical care in the US without having some insurance to offset the costs. If I had gone to the doctor after I lost my job, it would have put my family in debt. It is amazing that there are volunteers who provide this incredible care and selflessly give their time.”