Highlands Receives Diabetes Program Accreditation for 32nd Year

March 14, 2018
Prestonsburg, KY –  For the 32nd year, Highlands has been accredited by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Being recognized by the ADA means that Highlands’ Diabetes Education Program offers high-quality educational services to the patients we serve.
In the fall of 1986, Highlands started the ADA Education Recognition effort. This is a voluntary process that assures our approved education programs have met the National Standards for diabetes self-management education. The programs that earn Recognition Status have a certified staff of knowledgeable health professionals who provide highly developed information about diabetes management to participants.
The Diabetes Education Program constantly works toward actions fostered by the ADA clinical practice recommendations, and our team performs educational evaluations to improve the services.
Highlands also offers a Diabetes Support Group for patients, family members, or those who are at risk of developing diabetes. In the group, participants will find educational information and emotional support. There are also diabetes-friendly snacks and a door prize available at each meeting.
“Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, our hope is that patients may avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute or chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented,” said Debbie Ousley, Diabetes Program Director.
These programs are extremely important for our community. Seventeen percent of residents in the Big Sandy region have been diagnosed with diabetes, and there are many others who have pre-diabetes but are unaware.
Anyone with diabetes is encouraged to speak with his or her physician about attending a group education session or support group. Both are free services provided by Highlands. For more information, call Debbie Ousley, Diabetes Educator at (606) 886-7591.