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.
Peer educators from various ethnic and racial communities use their language skills to spread diabetes knowledge too. Kessia Ahimera, one such peer educator is shown to the right 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.
Learning about what we eat and how it affects our health is just one part of your role as a DSME per educator. Two students shown at left, Jose De Jesus Martinez and Juan Celis, work together on figuring out how much fat, sugar, and salt is in a sample meal they created. Our peer educators work with real life examples to help people learn how to make better meal choices. Highly visual tools are used to bring these exercises to life, and are given to class attendees to use at home.
Peer educators help participants learn about the risks of diabetes, including how excess weight contributes that condition. Norma Mirapol, DSME peer educator, is shown on the right helping DSME student, Michelle Abich, understand the body mass index (BMI) reference chart. The BMI tool helps students identify where they fall on the BMI scale given their height and weight.
Graduation Day is the capstone to the six-week DSME classes that our peer educators host. Here is a snapshot of a recent DSME class 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.