St. Francis Diabetes Education Program Earns ADA Recognition
July 20, 2018
The CHI Health St. Francis diabetes self-management education program in Grand Island has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), indicating that the St. Francis program offers high-quality education services to the patients it serves.
The program was originally recognized in September 2007.
The ADA education recognition effort, which began in 1986, is a voluntary process, assuring that approved education programs have met the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment, according to the ADA. One consequence of compliance with the national standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. The participant in an ADA-recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of their diabetes treatment regimen.
All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treat acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management.
Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program. Through the support of the health-care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part the responsibility for their diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.
"The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide," said Colleen Gnewuch, RN, CDE, who serves as St. Francis’ Diabetes Education coordinator. "And, of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs."
For more information, contact the St. Francis Diabetes Education department at (308) 398-5565.