Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (D.E.E.P)

Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP)

Lead: Peggy Hayes

The Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) utilizes trained Community Health Workers as diabetes educators. Their focus is to reduce diabetes mortality and morbidity and related complications. The program consists of two components: 1) Training of Trainers Program and 2) Diabetes Patient Education Program.

The Training of Trainers Program is a 20-hour course that emphasizes the development of skills and knowledge of diabetes-related causes and outcomes.

The Diabetes Patient Education Program is implemented by trained health promoters in 8 – 10 weekly sessions. Diabetes patients receive training and coaching that will enable them to implement self-management and gain more independence in dealing with the disease.