Local medical staff earn ADA certificateHudson Physicians and Western Wisconsin Medical Associates were recently awarded the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for their diabetes self-management education program.
Hudson Physicians and Western Wisconsin Medical Associates were recently awarded the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for their diabetes self-management education program.
Certified diabetes educators at Hudson Physicians are Tami Gregg and Susan Kurtz.
The certificates assure 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 and 2000.
Programs that apply for and 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,” said Gregg. “And, of course, it assures the patient that he or she will likely receive high-quality care.”
Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for three years.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 20.8 million people, or 7 percent of the population, in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, 6.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease.
Each day approximately 4,110 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 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people age 20 years or older in 2005. Diabetes contributed to 224,092 deaths in 2002. Since 1987 the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45 percent, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke and cancer have declined.
For more information on recognized education programs or other American Diabetes Association programs, visit ADA online at www.diabetes.org.