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University Hospital Hosts Successful Diabetes Workshops

EDC Picture 5University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey hosted a diabetes self-management workshop that had 12 graduates. The workshop was co-led by Patient Navigator Ana Padilla, who had been trained as a workshop leader by Quality Insights. The class consisted of a wide variety of ages, nationalities and diagnoses. University Hospital has a successful Diabetes Clinic and year round informal Diabetes support groups and education opportunities. Quality Insights was able to partner with the hospital to bring an evidence-based workshop series to the Newark community. 

EDC in New Jersey uses the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) originally created by the Stanford University School of Medicine. DSMP teaches people with diabetes and/or their caregivers the skills they need to be in control of their health. Consisting of six weekly workshops, strategies such as problem solving and action planning are taught and implemented. Based on group interaction and working together, the workshops empower and inspire the participants to feel confident about their health and themselves.
The group ranged from ages 20 to 80. By the end of the six-week workshop, many of the younger or newly diagnosed participants were truly taken under the wing of those who had been managing their diabetes for many years. Along with the supportive environment that typically builds throughout the 6 weeks, this class was heightened in their bond by two separate instances of medical emergencies during a workshop. The participants pulled together and supported one another through the ordeal and then were able to reflect on the medical complications and how it affected their own journey with Diabetes.
The workshop was also attended by two Health Coaches from the Healthy Greater Newark Accountable Care Organization. They supported their clients who were also in attendance. 
"Everyone with Diabetes Counts is an informative and interactive workshop that fosters a great opportunity for health education and empowerment,” Nikki Merritt, MHA said. “Whether you are a person living with diabetes, a caregiver, or a healthcare professional who serves this population, this series will leave a great impact. It serves as an opportunity for participants to discuss difficulties, share best practices, and provides them with a support group who are aiming towards a better level of wellness."
Quality Insights partners with community organizations, physician practices, and more to offer free diabetes self-management education throughout New Jersey as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. To learn more, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168.