The Georgia Pharmacy Association

Diabetes Self-Management Education

CPE: Free recorded webinar for home-study credit

Opportunities in Diabetes Self-Management Education
Allison Smith, MPH, CHES
Diabetes Program Manager
Georgia Department of Public Health

UAN: 0142-0000-17-003-H04-P/T

GPhA and the Georgia Department of Public Health present a free webinar, Opportunities in Diabetes Self-Management Education.

Opportunities in Diabetes Self-Management Education looks at how pharmacists are positioned to move the needle on diabetes outcomes in Georgia through DSME program accreditation.

Opportunities in Diabetes Self-Management Education is available on demand. It will discuss the advantages of DSME certification to patients and pharmacists and will conclude with next steps you can take to begin offering this practice expanding service. Click here to register.

Learning Objectives
After completing this session, learners will be able to:

A library of resources


Pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists are likes peas in a pod when it comes to helping patients with diabetes. At least that’s the approach PPOD takes. Pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists are well-positioned to spot symptoms and help bring about better outcomes. Find out how with this free toolkit from the CDC.

California Academy of Family Physicians Diabetes Change: The Care Model

Diabetes patients need an active, continuously available support community. The Care Model provides a model for what this community looks like and how it functions.

The Care Model integrates community, organizational, practitioner, and patient systems. It’s evidence-based (we like that) and highly personal, thanks to planned interactions and interventions. Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developed the Care Model. Click here to read more about this resource.

Two Physician-facing resources pharmacists will want to know about

Here’s a sobering statistic: “In the average primary care practice, it’s likely that one-third of patients over age 18, and half over age 65, have prediabetes.” Here’s another: Only about 10 percent of people who have prediabetes are aware that they do. These two resources are for physicians, but they provide useful information for pharmacists, too.

Prediabetes Awareness Campaign

Did you know that 86 million Americans have prediabetes? That means that more than one in three Americans is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. And about 90% of those don’t even know they’re at risk. That means that almost a third of your patients

Unpack that statistic for a minute: almost a third of patients coming into community retail pharmacies are at risk. This campaign is designed to raise awareness by prompting a simple question: Do I have prediabetes? It’s a reasonable question to ask given the odds. We bet your patients would agree.

This is the first prediabetes campaign from the Ad Council. (That’s the folks who gave us the iconic Keep America Beautiful campaign with a crying Iron Eyes Cody.) Use their prediabetes campaign to inform your patients about how they can take a short, online risk test.

Resources for pharmacists interested in DSME accreditation

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) programs help diabetes and prediabetes patients achieve better blood glucose control by self-managing their condition. DSME stresses knowledge and results-based life choices. DSME is a crucial part of blood glucose control. DSME is empowering to patients and to pharmacists, who provide a valuable service to physicians seeking to better their diabetes and prediabetes outcomes.