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The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is a licensed program geared at empowering diabetes and pre-diabetes patients in self-management and care. The program was developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago. It has since been adopted by the Centers for Medicare to reach rural populations across the U.S.
The Details of DEEP
Peer Educators who have been trained in certified in DEEP lead classes of no more than 20 participants. They meet with participants once a week (1.5-2 hours each session) for 6 weeks to teach comprehensive, diabetic self-care for optimal health. The curriculum is designed to engage community residents in self-management practices for prevention and control of diabetes. These classes are fun and interactive with hands-on learning, tools and information you can use at home. Each week, participants decide on one or more activities and actions they will individually complete for that week and then they share their experience with the group the following week. We all the know the power of a great support team; family and loved ones are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Check out the numerous, valuable topics covered in DEEP:
- How to manage your own Risk Factor and complete your own Assessment
- Appropriate technique to monitor your blood sugar and blood pressure, including keeping a log of each to share with your healthcare team
- Symptoms and management of diabetes, hypo- and hyperglycemia;
- How a diabetic's body functions
- Co-morbidities and complications of diabetes
- Medications to control of diabetes, including how they work and side effects;
- Specialists and healthcare team members available for prevention and control education
- Effects of a healthy diet, sharing nutritional information and appropriate portion sizes
- Detailed insight by sharing each other’s struggles and triumphs
- Importance of exercise and daily movement, including demonstrations
- The emotional impact of diabetes
Celebrate Your Certified Completion
Each participant who completes the course earns a DEEP Certification during a graduation celebration. We encourage this certification be shared with the graduate’s healthcare team.
How are you managing your diabetes? Use our Diabetes Data Checklist to keep track of important medical information.
One of the most powerful ways we can display the impact this program has had on participants is by sharing direct quotes from those who have completed:
- “This program is free and could save your life if people would heed this information.”
- “I didn’t know how diabetes affects everything in your body.”
- “This was a very informative and informal class.”
- “I liked being free to ask questions at any time.”
- “I have been a diabetic for 20 years and wasn’t going to come to this class because I thought I wouldn’t learn anything new. I was wrong and have thoroughly enjoyed the hands on learning, interaction and have new information, so you can teach an old dog new tricks.”
Get Your Community Involved
Would you like to learn more? Would you like to bring this program to your own community? Here are a few ways you can get connected: