Increasing Access to Diabetes Care and Education
VCDPE offers diabetes self-management tele-education programs to Critical Access Hospitals, health districts, small rural hospitals, community health centers, and facilities for older citizens that are located in areas of the state with higher-than-average risk for diabetes. This initiative supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the UVA Office of Telemedicine.Since 2008 the program has served over 3,000 participants at 60 sites across the state. Almost all diabetes patients who have participated in the program tell us they feel better able to manage their diabetes as a result of what they learned. Participants also report that instructors are very knowledgeable, with good teaching skills and use of interactive teaching techniques (e.g., meal planning using plates and food models; demonstrating use of glucose log books, meters and insulin pens; exercising with resistance bands).