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CHC/SEK Receives National Accreditation

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Nancy Evans, Certified Diabetic Educator Nancy Evans, Certified Diabetic Educator

The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) in Pittsburg has earned national accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) for its Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program.

The program provides education and support to CHC/SEK patients with Type 1, Type 2, pre-diabetes or gestational diabetes. Patients meet with program coordinator Nancy Evans, a Certified Diabetic Educator, who designs an education program to meet each individual's specific needs.

“Patient education is a crucial part of diabetes care,” said Evans. “The program is designed to help patients not only understand diabetes but learn how to self-manage their disease so they can avoid the complications and be as healthy as possible.”

CHC/SEK estimates approximately 10.6 percent of its adult patients have diabetes, compared to the state average of 9.6 percent.

“We serve the most vulnerable population in the least healthy part of the state,” said Krista Postai, Chief Executive Officer for CHC/SEK. “The program came out of necessity as we recognized that many of our diabetic patients simply do not have the tools they need to properly manage their diabetes.”

CHC/SEK achieved the accreditation by demonstrating a strong commitment to meeting national standards of diabetic care and self-management as well as the ability to provide education and training to a diverse population.

“Diabetes education is underutilized by the people who need it most,” said Leslie Kolb, Director of Accreditation at AADE. “Community Health Center of SEK's program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation process in 2009.”

CHC/SEK's program is one of only eight AADE accredited programs in the state and the only one in southeast Kansas. It is covered by most insurance with financial assistance available for those who qualify.

For more information about CHC/SEK's Diabetes Self-Management Education program, call 620-231-9873.

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