Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) is the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for diabetes self-care, as well as activities that assist a person in implementing and sustaining the behaviors needed to manage his or her condition on an ongoing basis, beyond or outside of formal self-management training. This process incorporates the needs, goals, and life experiences of the person with diabetes and is guided by evidence-based standards. The overall objectives of DSMES are to support informed decision-making, self-care behaviors, problem-solving and active collaboration with the health care team and to improve clinical outcomes, health status, and quality of life.
DSME Class Calendar
See this month's calendar for details on Diabetes Self-Management Education classes currently being offered. Contact information is available on the calendar if you would like to register to attend a scheduled class or if you would like to host a class in your community.
DSME Programs in Alabama
This interactive map includes American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) accredited and American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized DSME programs throughout the state of Alabama. Click on the name of the county to see the list of DSME programs available in that county. If your program has received certification and is not listed on this map, please contact the Diabetes Program.
DSME Health Care Provider Information
These materials are for health care providers and their patients to learn more about DSME. Please contact us if you would like hard copies sent to your office.
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DSME Advisory Board
The ADPH Diabetes Control Program established an advisory board to provide strategies to increase the utilization of DSME programs throughout the state. Stakeholders were invited to join the board based on their expertise and experience working with diabetes. The DSME Advisory Board will meet annually to discuss increasing the number of AADE accredited and ADA recognized DSME programs, improvements that have been made to existing programs, and what steps are needed to address barriers. If you would like more information or would like to join the DSME Advisory Board, please contact us.
Page last updated: January 15, 2019