DSME and DPP Programs in Your Area

NJAFP is working with the New Jersey Department of Health to promote Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) and Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME).  This initiative will help implement sustainable changes in primary care practices that will result in improved outcomes for patients with diabetes.

Evidence shows that diabetes self-management education can lower A1c (ADA, 2015) by teaching patients to better manage food, exercise and medications.  Find your local DPP, DSME and DSMP programs by clicking the map!

When to refer patients:

  • With a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
  • Annually for health maintenance and preventing complications.
  • When new complicating factors influence self-management.
  • When transitions in care occur.

Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshops

The Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and offers free self-management workshops that are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers.

Workshops are designed to help individuals learn how to manage their diabetes and take control of their health through various tools, behavior modification and coping techniques. Participants will learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, the importance of healthy eating, the role of exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications and much more.

Upcoming Workshops:

October 24th - Englewood, NJ

This free six-week workshop will be offered at Dr. Ritu Suri’s office on 245 Engle Street in Englewood, NJ 07631. Workshops are on Tuesdays from October 24 to November 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All attendees must register by the second workshop session. Each participant (one per household) will receive a complimentary textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th edition ($20 value).  For more information or to register for these free workshops, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168.


November 1st - 2 Workshops in Vineland, NJ

Two free six-week workshops will be offered for patients in the Vineland area at the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and Vineland Sharing Center-Tarkiln Acres Community Hall. Workshops are on Thursdays from November 2 to December 14, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:30pm, and on Wednesdays from November 1st to December 6th from 11:00am to 12:30pm. All attendees must register by the second workshop session. For more information or to register for these workshops, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168.

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA.pdf

Tarkiln Acres Community Room.pdf

DSME Webinars for Practice Teams

Recording links for our free informational webinars are listed below – please share with your team!

Using PDSA Cycles to Implement DSME (4/12/17)
Chris Hermansen, MD, MBA, Lancaster General Health Physicians

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the PDSA cycle
  2. Understand when and where to refer for DSME
  3. Review and discuss DSME and PDSA examples

Recording: https://njafp.webex.com/njafp/ldr.php?RCID=446c0350bc931cde57072e3f833a9090 (29 min)

Communicating A1c Targets (4/25/17)
Steve Kaufman, MD, Medical Director, Urban Health Institute

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss appropriate A1c levels with T2DM patients
  2. Recognize the importance of treating to patient-centered goals
  3. Discuss tricks of the trade in getting patients to goal

Recording: https://njafp.webex.com/njafp/ldr.php?RCID=fbaaaec9ecf5d68311609dd718ab13a8 (36 min)

Older Adults with T2DM and Patient Education (5/10/17)
Kristen Garron, RD CDE LDN, Program Director, Achieving Better Control, Inc.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the complicating factors of providing DSME for older patients with T2DM
  2. List the guiding principles for DSME in older adults

Recording: https://njafp.webex.com/njafp/ldr.php?RCID=9d2ad3dedebd3b401b3bf4592f81c6d1 (29 min)

Obese Patients with T2DM and Patient Education (5/23/17)
Lorraine Nowakowski-Grier, MSN, APRN, BC, CDE, Christiana HealthCare

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the obesity epidemic and its impact on diabetes
  2. Follow evidence based guidelines in the education of patients with obesity and diabetes
  3. Educate patients on the importance of physical activity, weight management, and healthy lifestyle choices in the management of the obese patient

Recording: https://njafp.webex.com/njafp/ldr.php?RCID=a6db6930f5eaf24b0388bd840cff5313 (38 min)

For more information about DPP, DSME and DSMP programs, contact us at HTT@njafp.org