The Covenant HealthCare Diabetes Self-Management Program has recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This allows residents in and surrounding the Great Lakes Bay Region increased access to critical diabetes education services.
Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. It is provided by diabetes educators.
The Covenant Diabetes Self-Management Program offers several group and individual appointments dates, times, locations and programs tailored to fit the needs of the community.
“We have been fortunate to work with physicians and patients to educate people living with diabetes and their caregivers how to manage the disease. Our educators frequently partner with organizations [such as the YMCA of Saginaw], local churches and community health fairs to further spread the message,” says Kelly Weiss, RN, CDE Coordinator with the Covenant Diabetes Self-Management Program.
“Trends show diabetes education moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “Covenant is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”
Upcoming opportunities from Covenant for community diabetes education include:
- The 20th annual Covenant Diabetes Health Fair Tuesday April 15 is open to the public from 3pm to 6pm at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw. The event features free screenings, analysis, literature and information on equipment. In addition, dietitians and certified diabetes nurses will be available to answer questions.
- Beginning Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30pm quarterly classes will be offered to those who have pre-diabetes. These free two hour classes teach participants how to manage food portions and exercise to help prevent Type II diabetes.
For more information on these and other community resources, please call 989.583.5193.