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Essentia Health diabetes education program in Brainerd, Pine River receives national recognition

Essentia Health’s Diabetes Resource Program has received recognition for providing high quality diabetes education to patients.

The American Diabetes Association awarded its Education Recognition Certificate to the main program site located in Brainerd. The program is also now accredited to provide diabetes education and support at Essentia Health-Pine River Clinic.

The Education Recognition Certificate assures that a program meets national standards in diabetes self-management education to help patients maintain optimal health and prevent long-term complications. The Brainerd program first earned certification by the Association in 2000. The recent renewal application expanded that recognition to include Essentia’s clinic in Pine River to broaden this service to the community.

“It really validates the rigor of our program. We can assure our patients that we are providing them with evidence-based treatment and education,” says Danette Holznagel, Essentia Health’s chronic disease program manager. “Support in self-management is all about what the patient does every day to stay healthy. We support them as they identify goals for self-management.”

The Diabetes Resource Program provides education and support for adults and children and helps patients with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. There’s also a focus on insulin pump care for those who need it. The program staff members are all certified diabetes educators, with professional licensures of advanced practice clinical nurse specialist in diabetes, registered nurses and registered licensed dietitian.

The Diabetes Resource Program also works with other members of the patient’s healthcare team. “We look for the opportunity to partner with the physician, podiatrist, pharmacist, therapist — the whole diabetes team — to support successful management of their diabetes,” Holznagel said.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are almost 26 million people in the United States who have diabetes, an estimated 7 million of whom are yet to be diagnosed. Diabetes can lead to serious complications including heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation.

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