In South Texas, a prevalence of people face the challenges of living with diabetes, with more expected to be diagnosed in coming years.
The Coastal Bend Health Education Center's Diabetes Education Program, accredited by the American Diabetes Association, helps diagnosed patients with controlling their diabetes, teaches those at risk of developing the disease how to prevent the onset of diabetes and educates the public about the disease.
The Diabetes Education Program is dedicated to the prevention and care of diabetes and its complications while promoting healthy living through public health education and health care professional education with a special emphasis on the underserved and rural population.
Our specially trained staff works with those diagnosed with diabetes, their families and their physicians to personalize each diabetes care plan. We help patients learn to live happier, healthier, longer lives by empowering them with knowledge and skills needed to manage the disease. The program provides continued support beyond the diabetes self-management classes through quarterly lab work and monthly family night support groups.
Our program also educates the general public about diabetes and teaches about prevention. A number of educational opportunities are provided to community members and professionals throughout the year. The program also participates in outreach activities such as health fairs and speaking engagements to help others better understand this disease.
A diverse group of community leaders and members serve on the Diabetes Education Program's advisory board to assist us in carrying out our mission. Their input and involvement are extremely important to what we do for our community and region.
Our department is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.