Diabetes Education Program
The UH St. John Medical Center diabetes education program is committed to helping you or your loved one successfully manage diabetes. We offer a patient-centered approach that is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Our knowledgeable diabetes educators are ready to partner with you to provide the support and instruction you need. They can help bridge any gaps between your doctor’s medical guidelines and your lifestyle & personal preferences. By integrating patient education with a healthy eating plan, physical activity guidelines, oral medication or injections (if applicable), the Diabetes Education Program works to achieve the best possible outcomes, helping people with diabetes to live long and healthy lives.
Diabetes Education Class Series
Classes provide an effective and interactive learning environment that engages participants in meaningful discussions including the challenges and successes of diabetes management. Compromised of four, one and half hour sessions. Offered every other month on Tuesdays as a series of four classes with evening hours available.
Individual Diabetes Education Appointments
Individual consultations are available for those needing to learn specific skills necessary to carry out their own diabetes management plan or those who learn best from a one-on-one learning experience. Includes counseling for weight loss and lifestyle modification.
To learn more about individual appointments or group classes call 440-827-5341. A physician referral is required. Charges for group classes and individual appointments are billed to your insurance provider. Patients are encouraged to check their insurance coverage to see if they have this benefit.
Diabetes is a complex disease to manage day-to-day. The numbers of those diagnosed are increasing at an alarming rate. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it for year, there are steps you can take to lead a healthier life.
The value and importance of ongoing diabetes self-management education cannot be emphasized enough. Often people are not aware of the following reasons or circumstances to seek diabetes education:
- Not all diabetes-related problems have symptoms or warning signs; therefore, what you don't know can hurt you.
- The natural progression of diabetes can make it more difficult to manage over time as the body makes less and less insulin, as in type 2 diabetes.
- When previous blood sugar control methods stop working or there are changes in eating habits, weight, medications, and/or exercise regimens.
- Blood sugar management is not the only focus in reducing the risk for complications; it is about blood pressure and cholesterol as well.
Getting accurate information and having access to quality resources can be challenging.
The University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Diabetes Education Program wants to make this as easy as possible and is committed to increasing awareness and providing current information on managing diabetes.
Since 2002, the program was awarded and has maintained recognition status by the American Diabetes Association (ADA); This prestigious certification ensures the diabetes education services occur in a high quality, comprehensive program that meets the nationally established standards.
With a collaborative effort between the patient and the skilled diabetes education team, patients are empowered to take a more active role in their management of diabetes.
The program is designed to help you:
- Make healthier food choices
- Understand how to plan meals
- Achieve weight loss (if needed)
- Learn what you can do to achieve better blood sugar control
- Set realistic physical activity goals
- Learn proper steps for blood glucose monitoring
- Learn safe medication use including injectables
- Address blood sugar fluctuations
- Learn how to prevent longterm complications
- Planning ahead in case you get sick or when traveling
- Understand when you should call the doctor
Easily Accessible Location
Our convenient location allows community members to have all education needs met in one location. Separate consult rooms are available for one-on-one education with an outpatient diabetes nurse educator and a registered dietitian. Large classroom accommodates patient groups of all sized. Each patient may bring one support person if he or she wishes.
For more information, please call 440-827-5341. Individualized appointments meet on the 1st floor of the Westlake Family Health Center.
Group classes meet on the 3rd floor of the Westlake Family Health Center.
All diabetes education and classes meet at the Westlake Family Health Center not UH St. John Medical Center.
We are located at the Westlake Family Health Center, Suite 100 on Detroit Road in Westlake. Classes are held in Suite 300.
DeAna Rodriguez, RN, BSN, CDE
Coordinator, Diabetes Education Program