The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education* Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to Grand View Health in Sellersville. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificates assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These 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 and 2012.
Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “This process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” said Jean West-Zawacki, Clinical Nutritional Manager, Grand View Health. “Also, on a local level, it assures members of our community that they will receive high-quality care and service related to diabetes.” Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have the disease. Each day approximately 4,657 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the U.S. Diabetes contributed to 234,951 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.
To more information or to register for Grand View Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Course, please visit gvh.org/classes or call 215-453-3094. For more information on Recognized education programs or other American Diabetes Association programs, call your local ADA office or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org/erp.