Diabetes Education Service Merits ADA Recognition
The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) service was recently awarded to the Hummingbird Diabetes Program at Janai Meyer Nutrition & Lactation. Janai Meyer is in her ninth year of private practice of a 24-year career in Ketchikan. ADA believes that this service offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. All services remain available via a HIPAA telehealth platform. To learn more about Meyer and her practice, please visit the website at janaimeyer.com.
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the national standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. The DSMES 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, 2012, and 2017.
DSMES services apply for recognition voluntarily. Services that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” says Mary Schneider, state of Alaska diabetes prevention and control program manager. “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.” Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.
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On January 16, a fire destroyed the water plant and washeteria in the southwest Alaska village of Tuluksak. For the village of about 350 people, it was a devastating blow. The water plant was the only source of drinking water in the village, in which the primarily Yup’ik residents lack indoor plumbing and rely on honey buckets, not uncommon in the flat, swampy region.