Diabetes Education

At CHI Health, we are committed to improving the health of people at risk for diabetes or those living with diabetes.

In partnership with your physician, our diabetes educators provide a variety of outpatient services at most CHI Health locations.

A physician referral is required for individual instruction, group classes, nutrition therapy and gestational education. We recommend patients call insurance to check on their benefits for diabetes education prior to the first visit. Provide the codes below to your insurance company to learn what opportunities you have for education. If your specific plan does not cover these visits, we have cash-pay options available that you may qualify for.

Diabetes Education Billing Codes:

  • Diabetes Education Group Class: G0109
  • Diabetes Education Individual Appointments: G0108
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy: 97802

Diabetes Education Classes

When you get together with others who have Type 1 diabetes, you can encourage each other, share ideas, talk about your experiences, and find new ways to cope with your condition. This year’s groups will be virtual. View the Type 1 Diabetes Virtual Support Group flyer here.

Please email Susan.Ridder@alegent.org to get on the support group email list or for more information. All meetings will be at 12 pm via ZOOM. 2022 Type 1 Diabetes Support Group Meeting Dates:

  • March 9, 2022
  • June 22, 2022
  • September 12, 2022
  • December 14, 2022

People living with type 2 diabetes are invited to learn self-care strategies and share real life experiences at our support groups. Currently supports groups are being held virtually. View the Type 2 Diabetes Support Group flyer here. Whether you need a jump start or motivation to keep improving, we are here to help! 

Please email Susan.Ridder@alegent.org to get on the support group email list or for more information. All meetings will be held at 12pm via ZOOM. 2022 Type 2 Diabetes Support Group Meeting Dates:

  • February 9, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • June 8, 2022
  • August 10, 2022
  • October 12, 2022

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens during pregnancy. Unlike type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes is not caused by having too little insulin. Instead a hormone made by your placenta keeps your body from using the insulin as it should. This is called insulin resistance. Blood sugar (glucose) then builds up in your blood instead of being absorbed by the cells in your body. 

Individual education appointments are available to learn how to manage gestational diabetes.  Please talk with your doctor about a referral.

Join our diabetes educator Lauren for a gestational diabetes support group on the first Tuesday of the month at 12:30 pm. All meetings will be at 12 pm via ZOOM. See flyer for details.

Gestational Diabetes Support Group Flyer

Diabetes Educators

Rachel A. Dowd, RN, CDE

Certified Diabetes Educator

Connie M. Kulwicki, RN, CDE

Certified Diabetes Educator

Ashley Manhart, RN, MSN, CDE, CPT

Certified Diabetes Educator

Sue M. Ridder, BSN, RN, CDE

Certified Diabetes Educator

Ellen A. Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE, IFNCP™

Certified Diabetes Educator,
Registered Dietitian

Kellie S. Westbrook, RD, LMNT, CDE

Certified Diabetes Educator,
Registered Dietitian

Lauren E. Williams, CDE, LMNT, RD

Certified Diabetes Educator,
Registered Dietitian

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