Diabetes self-management education

Diabetes self-management education is designed to provide up-to -date information, self-care tools and resources in order to set goals and modify current behaviors to promote glucose control.

Our comprehensive program begins with an initial one-hour assessment to determine your education needs. The length and type of education is individual to help you and your Certified Diabetic Educator understand your diabetes management needs.

Individual and group training is provided by a Certified Diabetes Educator (Registered Dietitian) for adults and children diagnosed with:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes

You and your diabetes support person can learn about:

  • Being Active
  • Healthy coping
  • Healthy eating
  • Monitoring
  • Problem solving
  • Reducing risks
  • Taking medication

Ongoing support is provided to help with any issues or concerns that arise.


To make an appointment to see our Certified Diabetes Educator, please contact your Primary Care Provider for a referral.

DSME/T sessions will be scheduled on an individual basis.

DSME/T group classes are being held on Tuesdays (min. participant number required) at the following times in the Cancer Center:

1st and 2nd Tuesday of Month: 9 AM - 11:30 AM or 5:30PM -8PM

3rd and 4th Tuesday of Month" 9AM-11AM or 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Support Groups

Mount Graham Regional Medical Center offers support groups that community members are welcome to attend to increase their knowledge and expand their support system.

Bariatric Support Group - 1st Thursday of Month - 2:30PM to 3:30PM in Boardroom.

Diabetes Support Group - 1st Thursday of Month - 2:30PM TO 3:30PM in Boardroom.

*location may change based on availability of meeting spaces.

Insurance Coverage

Diabetes self-management education is a covered benefit on many health insurance plans. Please confirm your health insurance benefits prior to your first appointment.

Here are the steps to help you verify your insurance coverage:

  • Contact the "800" number on the back of your insurance card
  • Use the term :diabetes self management training" to describe our service
  • Identify the location where you will receive education (hospital)

Ask how many hours and/or number of visits are covered.