Houston Health Department
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a fee for DAWN services?
A: No, there is no fee for services.
Q: Do you need insurance?
A: No, you do not need insurance.
Q: Are there multiple DAWN locations?
A: No. There is only one DAWN center which is located at 3611 Ennis Street, in the Third Ward Multi-Service Center.
Q: Do you do blood sugar testing during outreach events?
A: No. We provide A1c Hemoglobin testing for members at the DAWN center.
Q: Can I get rid of diabetes? Will it ever go away?
A: Regardless of the type of diabetes, diabetes isn’t yet a curable disease. To stay healthy, keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under good control.
To do so, eat healthy, be physically active, and take your prescribed medications. Also get the tests and checks you need to detect complications early and treat them aggressively.
Q: Is it true that complications of diabetes can be delayed and even prevented?
A: Yes! Research shows that the earlier your diabetes is diagnosed and the sooner you start to aggressively get your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol into target ranges, the healthier you can be over the years.
To stay healthy and detect any complications early, make sure your health care provider orders all the tests and checks you need. Let your provider know if you have any signs or symptoms of diabetes. Today, diabetes complications don’t need to happen.
Q: What should my blood sugar be when I wake up (fasting) and before meals? What about after?
A: For most people with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends a fasting or before-meals blood glucose (or blood sugar) goal of 70–130 mg/dl. One to two hours after eating, a postprandial blood sugar reading at or under 180 mg/dl is recommended.