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Health Deptartment diabetes education program recognized

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

The diabetes self-management education program at the Pike County Health Department, Home Health and Hospice has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association.

The Pike County Diabetes Counseling Program was originally recognized in October of 2009. This program offers high-quality education services to the patients it serves.

The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.

Programs that achieve Recognition have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.

The Pike County Diabetes Counseling Program currently has an RN Certified Diabetes Educator and a licensed dietitian on staff.

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One importance of compliance with the National Standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes.

The Pike County Diabetes Counseling Program  covers the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and gestational management.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Pike County Diabetes Counseling Program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management.

Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

“Recognition from the American Diabetes Association gives professionals a standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide”, commented Kim Gamm RN BSN CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator/program coordinator. “And, of course, it helps people with diabetes to identify a quality program to meet their needs when learning to manage their diabetes.”

For more information about the Pike County Diabetes Counseling Program, contact Kim Gamm RN BSN CDE at the Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice at 573-324-2111 or visit our website at

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