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Local Transportation Service Now Offering Free Rides For Certain People With Diabetes

Bay County Health Department

A Northwest Florida transportation service is now providing rides for people with diabetes—free of charge.

Gulf Coast Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Company has agreed to provide free rides for diabetics going to education classes at the Bay County Health Department. And, it's for people living in and around the Bay County area.

“It’s for those who are not able to get here for one reason or another,” said Health Department Spokeswoman Heather Kretzer. “We know that access to care is an issue here in Bay County, and this program was actually put together by one of our interns, Mohammad Abdelli, and he’s a student at Gulf Coast State College.”

Because it’s part of a project, Health Department Spokeswoman Heather Kretzer adds the free rides are only good for the first 100 patients or six months from June 1st. And, she says they’ll likely evaluate the project, at its end.

The diabetes education classes—which are not free—include survival skills for people who are diagnosed, treatment options, medical nutrient therapy, as well as classes for pregnant women with gestational diabetes. 

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.