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EDC Classes Inspire Newly-Diagnosed Participant to Confront Her Disease

EDC logoAs part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, Quality Insights hosts free diabetes workshops throughout the state of New Jersey. EDC is a national initiative that strives to improve the health of individuals with diabetes by offering free diabetes self-management education (DSME) through evidence-based workshops that take place in community-based settings. 
The series, also known as the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), takes place once a week for six weeks, for about two hours. The DEEP curriculum was developed at the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The program helps individuals better understand diabetes and how to manage the disease.

When Hammonton Senior Center hosted an EDC workshop series, Carol Tucker decided to attend. Newly diagnosed with diabetes, Carol’s doctor provided her with instructions on how to manage her disease. She admits that she did not follow that advice.

“I was procrastinating,” she explains. “It had occurred to me that my life was to change drastically, and I was upset and in denial as I wondered exactly what I would do with this newly diagnosed condition.” While she received medicine from her doctor, she did not have a glucose monitor to check her glucose levels.

As an employee of the senior center, Carol decided to attend the classes, hoping she would receive the necessary tools to control her condition. She was not disappointed.

Carol attended every workshop session, taking away useful tools and resources. “I need to emphasize that every week brought new facts from the presenter and, along with her audiovisual effects and demonstrations, the class was truly a learning experience,” Carol shared. “I received the tools that I needed to start my journey with this condition. Consequently, I did get the diabetic meter and started to take readings and I started to take the medicine the doctor prescribed.”

The EDC classes helped Carol confront her disease. Craving more information, she visited the Mayo Clinic website to research diabetes and diabetes-friendly recipes. So far, she has enjoyed the recipes she tried.

As a 70-year-old, Carol recognizes how difficult it is to change habits formed over the years, but attending EDC classes has inspired her to work with her healthcare team to better manage her diabetes.

About Everyone with Diabetes Counts

EDC is a national initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and offers free self-management workshops to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers. Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by HQSI, offers the free workshops throughout New Jersey. Workshops are designed to educate individuals about diabetes and help them learn how to manage it and take control of their health through various tools, behavior modification and coping techniques. Participants learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications and much more.

To learn more or find an upcoming workshop in your area, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168 or check out our class listing page.