Diabetes Education Program Receives Merit Distinction from ADA

The diabetes services of the OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center, have received the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program. The certification indicates the ADA believes OLBH’s program offers high-quality education essential to effective diabetes treatment.

The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board.

Programs apply for recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” said OLBH Diabetes Clinical and Community Resource Coordinator Tawnia Jones, MSN, RN, CDE. “The certification assures our patients that they will receive high-quality diabetes services at OLBH.” Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report indicates there are 30.3 million people or 9.4 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have the disease. Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. 

The ADA is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the ADA conducts programs in communities nationwide.

The OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center is approved by the ADA to offer diabetes self-management education and medical nutrition therapy to those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Because prediabetes affects one out of three adults (a total of 86 million people), the center offers the National Diabetes Prevention Program in collaboration with the CDC. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle change program proven to prevent or delay the development of Type 2 diabetes. 

The OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center is located on the ground level of Bellefonte Centre (1000 Ashland Drive) on the hospital campus and can be reached at (606) 833-4043.