06.08.15 | RCH’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Accredited

Rooks County Health Center Diabetes Education program was recently accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This will allow people with diabetes in and around Rooks County increased access to high quality 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. The program is comprehensive and taught by Kirsten Angell, RD, LD, CDE, who is available to physician-referred diabetes patients at RCH every Wednesday.

“I encourage all people with diabetes to set an appointment to see a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator to clear up the many misconceptions about living a healthy lifestyle related to diabetes management,” said Angell.  “Many people are relieved to find out living with diabetes isn’t as restrictive as they think.  I am always willing to educate, counsel and coach individuals interested and willing to work on diabetes management.”

According to Angell, patients seeking education experience individualized sessions in the areas of healthy eating, being active, taking medications, monitoring, reducing risks, healthy coping and problem solving tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs.  The program includes individualized agreed upon goals and strategies with continued follow-up for accountability with long-term diabetes management.

“AADE’s accreditation assures that an accredited program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Programs who meet this criteria are considered high quality and have been shown to improve the health status of the individuals who embrace the education and help to modify sometimes unhealthy behaviors, or simply provide the education that the person with diabetes has not previously received” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Accreditation Director for the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “Rooks County Health Center’s program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009.”

For more information, please consult your health care provider or call the Rooks County Health Center Outpatient Department at 785-688-4442.

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