Centralina’s Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support program has met 10 national standards required for accreditation by ADCES and is a Medicare recognized DSMES program. Providing evidence-based education and support, DSME participants learn to better self-manage their diabetes. Participation in DSMES is linked to positive changes in health behaviors, leading to improved health outcomes in people with diabetes. As noted by the CDC, DSMES is a cost-effective way to improve health care quality and long-term behavioral change in people living with diabetes.
Centralina has been providing Diabetes Education and Support (DSMES) coupled with Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in the community and is expanding the program in Cabarrus county. We provide services to adults age 60 and over in the community at community settings.
Guided by evidence-based standards, DSMES supports the participant in increasing informed decision making, self-care behaviors, problem solving, and active collaboration with the health care team. Breaking diabetes self-care information down into plain language using printed, oral, and infographic materials, and a teach-back method increases self-management behaviors needed for successful diabetes management.