Seminar trains future diabetes educators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GREENSBORO, Ga. – April 18, 2017 –St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital recently hosted training for the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), part of Everyone with Diabetes Counts, which prepares laypeople to become diabetes educators in their community. The 20-hour "train the trainers" course was conducted over a three-day period from March 22-24 at no cost to participants. Participants came from as far as Atlanta and Savannah to become peer diabetes educators. Local representatives from Good Samaritan Hospital as well as Tendercare also were present. The peer educator training is led by Alliant Quality, which is contracted with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The training is designed for community partners who actively engage in the senior population with their community. At the end of the training, participants are prepared to deliver evidence-based diabetes education curriculum through a six-session workshop for seniors and others in their communities. The curriculum was developed at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The DEEP workshop is a certificate program where participants gain an understanding of the causes, diagnosis and management of diabetes, principles of adult education, DEEP teaching activities, and tips to successfully enroll and graduate community members. Utilizing graduates of the March session, St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital will be providing diabetes workshops to the community in the near future. For more information about the program or how you can get involved, please contact Bria Brown at bria.brown@stmarysgoodsam.org or 706-453-5027. # # #