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Diabetes Education at KVH

The American Diabetes Association recognizes
this education service
as meeting the
National Standards for
Diabetes Self-Management
Created in 2001,
the program was nationally recognized in 2002 and has maintained that standard of excellence, serving as a development model for other regional hospitals.



The Diabetes Self-Management Program at Klickitat Valley Health is an ADA recognized program, offering high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The program helps patients with a new diagnosis or change in their diabetes receive comprehensive information about disease management and self-care. Developed as a 5-class program, patients learn answers to the often confusing questions regarding diabetes and self-sufficiency, dietary and lifestyle changes, and family related issues.

Diabetes Education Classes can be arranged either one-on-one or in small groups. Family members are strongly encouraged to participate. Patients can sign up for the program through their primary care provider or the Family Practice Clinic.

Support Groups are an important piece of the diabetes puzzle.

Meet. Share. Learn. Thrive!


Diabetes Support Group
4th Tuesday of the month • 6:00-7PM
Goldendale Community Library
FREE • Volunteer-driven • Informal

These FREE meetings provide emotional support and education for those with diabetes and/or their families. It's a chance to meet and share experiences with others. The group is run by volunteers and meets monthly to go over topics that are determined by the group.

For more information call:
Marge (541) 965-0655

Please Note: Volunteer groups cannot give medical advise. Participants can only talk from their own experiences.

Reimbursement for the Diabetes Self-Management Program is available through Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies. Reauthor-ization may be required by some private insurance plans. The patient is responsible for the balance of services not covered by their health plan.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 20.8 million people, or 7% of the population, in the U.S. who have diabetes. An estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people, (or nearly one-third) are not aware that they have the disease.

While death rates due to heart disease, stroke and cancer have declined in recent years, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45%.

The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles. There is presently no cure for diabetes, but medical treatments and lifestyle changes enable patients to control the disease and live full and active lives.

Contact Information for the Diabetes Self-Management Program
Patients can sign up through their Primary Care Provider
or call Deann Blake, RN, BSN, CDE, KVH Diabetes Educator
Classes meet at KVH Family Medicine
Phone:  (509) 773-4022 ext 2088
Email:  dblake@kvhealth.net

> Online Resources from the American Diabetes Association


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