New Jersey NEWS

November is American Diabetes Month: EDC Program Offers Free Workshops and Training Opportunities

November is American Diabetes Month and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, health care providers and stakeholders to prevent and reduce the incidence of diabetes in New Jersey.
EDC LogoQuality Insights’ EDC program, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), offers free diabetes workshops throughout its five state network, which includes Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. EDC is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
In the United States, nearly one-third of adults 65 years and older have diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health. In New Jersey, approximately 30.9 percent of people aged 65 and over with Medicare have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to CMS. Diabetes is known as the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure, and amputations in adults and a leading cause of heart disease and stroke.                   
EDC is a community-based approach that encourages participation and provides a structure to support people with Medicare in their commitment to managing diabetes. Workshops follow the Diabetes Self-Management Program created by the Stanford School of Medicine. Workshops are designed to help participants manage their diabetes and take control of their health. Participants learn about diabetes risks, how to prevent health problems, the role of diet and exercise, how to deal with pain and fatigue, managing medications, effective communication with healthcare providers and much more. In New Jersey, EDC workshops are typically held in places like senior centers, community centers, libraries and churches.
To date, 157 people with Medicare have graduated from EDC workshops in New Jersey.
“American Diabetes Month gives us an opportunity to reflect on the impact that diabetes has on the community and discuss how people can take action to make a real difference,” Carolyn Hoitela, Task Lead for the EDC program in New Jersey, said.  “The key message is that people can control their diabetes and change their lives.”
In addition to offering free workshops to the community, the program works with health care providers and volunteers by training them to teach workshops themselves. The program also engages partners to support efforts by promoting workshops within their community, donating meeting space, recruiting potential new peer leaders and much more. 
Learn more about the EDC Program, view a listing of currently scheduled workshops, or contact Carolyn Hoitela, Task Lead, by calling (732) 955-8150 or emailing For more information on American Diabetes Month, visit
About Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network
Quality Insights is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Quality Insights collaborates with health care providers, patients and allied organizations across the network to bring about widespread, significant improvements in the quality of care they deliver. Our goal is better care, smarter spending and healthier people. To learn more about the network, visit