Intensive Diabetes Self-Management Education

About the Program:

HealthSource of Ohio’s Intensive Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is designed to assist patients develop strategies to better manage their diabetes. The Program, accredited through the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES), is based off the Diabetes 7 Self-Care Behaviors for managing diabetes.

The Diabetes Program has three options for diabetes education: individual, group, or virtual sessions. The diabetes team and HealthSource of Ohio clinicians work together to help patients determine which sessions work best for them, also taking time and insurance preferences into consideration.

Individual Sessions:

  • Patients receive a diabetes education binder with tools & resources to assist them with managing their diabetes
  • 2-6 sessions, depending on need
  • Most sessions last between 45 minutes – 1 hour

Group Sessions:

  • Patients receive a diabetes education binder with tools & resources to assist them with managing their diabetes
  • 1 initial individual session & 5 group sessions
  • Sessions last 90 minutes and occur every other week
  • Group activities include meal planning with food models, dining out activities, & chair exercises with resistant bands

7 Self-Care Behaviors:

  • Monitoring

  • Problem Solving

  • Healthy Eating

  • Being Active

  • Taking Medication

  • Reducing Risk

  • Healthy Coping

Diabetes Team

Diabetes Education

Donna Messinger, RN, CDCES

Kendra Gibson, RN

Lindsey Chapman, MA