ALTON — The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center Self-Management Skills Program.
The program was originally recognized in February 1992. According to the ADA, the program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
The association’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 in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.
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.
“Earning the recognition of the ADA is important to us. It lets the River Bend community know that we are dedicated to meeting their needs,” said Lois Daniels, a certified diabetes educator with OSF Saint Anthony’s. “We have always operated with the philosophy that each person with diabetes is entitled to achieve their optimal level of health.”
Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 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. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people age 20 or older in 2012 in the U.S. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.
“Our Self-Management Skills Program is available to individuals who have been discharged from the inpatient setting, as well as those with a physician’s referral,” Daniels said. “It teaches people with diabetes a lifelong management approach to controlling the symptoms and complications of diabetes.”
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.
For more information about OSF Saint Anthony’s Diabetes Program, call (618) 474-5012.