Welcome to the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) Yearbook page! Here, you can see the accomplishments of peer educators that Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) has trained and the diversity of our peer educator team. Join us as we educate Medicare beneficiaries to better manage or prevent diabetes, ensuring that everyone with diabetes counts.
Aidee Covarrubias, HSAG's own Project Coordinator and diabetes education peer educator, was recognized at the 15th Annual Arizona Community Outreach Workers Association (AzCHOW) Conference on June 22, 2018. Aidee received the Joel S. Meister Outstanding Community Health Worker Award for her exceptional efforts. Congratulations, Aidee!
Peer educators from various ethnic and racial communities use their language skills to spread diabetes knowledge too. Kessia Ahimera, shown here, is one peer educator who translates in Kirundi, Swahili, and French. Learn more about these efforts in our YouTube video, Overcoming Language Barriers in Diabetes Self-Management Education. If you are fluent in a non-English language, let us know if you are interested in applying your skills as a diabetes self-management education (DSME) peer educator.
Here are two of our peer educators, Dawn Manuelito and Ana Guzman, using several DSME props, bringing the lessons to life. The human organ apron, clogged artery tube, red blood cell pillow with "sugar cells" as cotton balls, and meal plate planners are just some of the approaches our DSME instructors use. We know that active learning makes for better retention and fun.
Peer educators, Aidee Covarrubias and Taylor Finnegan, are shown here at the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona's Path to Wellness health screening event. The pair engaged attendees on the relationship between diabetes and kidney health, while registering them for DSME classes. Community outreach is a central part of the peer educator role.
In one of the dynamic exercises of the DSME classes, students learn about the salt, sugar, and fat content of typical food items. The peer educator guides the class through the exercise while allowing the students to share and demonstrate their results. There are plenty of "aha" moments during this food session.
Part of the DSME curriculum includes essential information regarding meal planning and physical activity, featuring options for those with mobility issues.
This Urban League DSME class is getting into shape, one exercise at a time. The peer educator is demonstrating safe physical activities, noting they build muscle, enhance flexibility, and improve balance.
Here is peer educator, Teresa Sosa, helping a student learn about proper blood pressure measurement technique. As a peer educator, she motivates her students to self-manage their cardiovascular health. Teresa shows students how to read their blood pressure scores and to understand the importance of blood pressure control.
Graduation Day is the capstone to the six-week DSME classes that our peer educators host. Here is a snapshot of a DSME class from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe celebrating their accomplishment. Certificates of completion add to the pomp and circumstance, rewarding and encouraging students to continue to use their health wisdom in the future.
Here is a snapshot of a DSME graduation ceremony at the Glendale Community Center. The peer educator provided homemade mortar boards, delighting the entire class.
Everyone at the South Mountain Community Center was in the celebratory spirit, shown by graduates and peer educators alike posing for this photo.
The Desert Valley Senior Center capped off its graduation ceremony with a group photo, proudly displaying their certificates of completion. Featured in the front row, seated on the floor, is Irma Carrillo, peer educator, who was trained in January 2019 and is now serving the Yuma County area. Irma's teaching talents haved been praised by all her participants.