Teaching and empowering patients to be proactive in their healthcare.
An effective approach to the care of chronic conditions like diabetes, our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for delivering high-quality, evidence-based diabetes self-management education (DSME) classes.
The Diabetes Wellness Center’s classes:
- Are taught by Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE).
- Participate in the Empire Plan, most Medicare plans and most commercial insurances. Please call 631-687-4188 to find out if your insurance will cover this important program. To speed up the registration process, please fill out this insurance form before your first visit.
- Require a physician referral completed by your doctor and faxed to 631-687-4199.
What to Expect: Five Sessions
Session 1: Individual Consultation
You’ll meet individually for one hour, split between the Registered Dietitian CDE and Registered Nurse CDE. To begin the education process, the Diabetes Wellness Team will assess your needs. Please fill out this self-assessment form before your first visit. For more general information, please download this form.
Sessions 2 – 4: Group Classes
The classes are held weekly. The first two are three hours long; the third class is two hours long. Download our upcoming schedule.
- Class 1: Diabetes Overview, Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia and Nutrition.
- Class 2: Activity, Blood Glucose Monitoring, Medications, Sick Day Rules.
- Class 3: Reducing Complications, Community Resources, Healthy Coping.
Session 5: Alumni Group Class
During this one-hour group class scheduled approximately three months from the first visit (after the third class), you’ll review how the changes you made affected your blood work and your lifestyle. This is a chance to see what worked and what didn’t and continue education that is focused on your particular needs.
Post-Program: What We Recommend
To help you stay on the right track:
- Individual Medical Nutrition Therapy, when needed in addition to diabetes classes. (Based on insurance benefit. Call 631-687- 4188 to see if you qualify.)
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center is proud of its relationship with the Suffolk County Lions Diabetic Education Foundation since 2007. The Association of Lions Clubs, an international service organization, works to eradicate preventable blindness, which can occur from having diabetes. To that end, the 50 Lions Clubs of Suffolk County support the efforts of the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at BMHMC. For more information about the Lions Clubs of Suffolk County, call 631-427-4448 or visit www.suffolkcountylions.org. Learn more about Lions Diabetes Education Foundation.
Visit our Support Groups & Classes page for information about groups that may be right for you.