Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) was identified by the Chronic Disease Action Team as an action, that when combined with other actions in our community, that has a reasonable chance of making a difference in uncontrolled diabetes in our community. The Community Guide for Preventative Services recommends DSME as an evidence-based strategy that helps participants control the rate of metabolism to prevent short- and long-term health conditions that result from diabetes and to achieve for participants the best quality of life while keeping costs at an acceptable level. This is an ongoing program in our community.
The audience for DSME is adults, age 18 years and older, with Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes. DSME aims to make a difference at the individual change level-- working to increase individual's knowledge and influence over his or her
attitudes and beliefs regarding diabetes management. Implementation will take place in in community or clinical settings such as community gathering places, recreational camps, worksites, schools, Health Departments, etc.
DSME targets health disparities. Often,
residents of low SES are at greater risk of developing a chronic disease
and being unable to manage said chronic disease. This program hopes
to break that cycle by helping residents learn to manage their disease
at no cost.
Counties in NC with North Carolina DiabetesSmart Programs