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Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, prediabetes, or gestational diabetes, you know it is a disease in which the body cannot properly use and store glucose. You also know that with education and careful management, you can live well with diabetes.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is designed to help you understand diabetes and learn to manage it.

Registered nurses and registered dietitians who are Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists are here to guide and advise you. We provide care to help you achieve the optimum level of health. We also offer the support you need to make well-informed decisions about your care.

Our program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association and meets its national standards for self-management education programs. These standards ensure that the program is well organized and offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.


Group Sessions to Assist with Skills, Information and Living with Diabetes
Our program offers a series of workshops where you can discuss all aspects of diabetes management, from basic information to advanced level skills, in a small, supportive group. Your partner or support person is invited to attend with you. Classes are conveniently offered at the following locations: Farmington, East Hartford, and West Hartford.

Workshops include:

  • New to Diabetes Care
  • Meal Planning and Carbohydrate Counting
  • Diabetes Self-Management Series (Full Day Program)
  • Insulin Pumping

Our team will meet with you and your support person and provide information on all aspects of diabetes management and control.

Individual Counseling Sessions on Type 1, Type 2, Pregnancy Planning, Gestational Diabetes, and Using New Equipment

Discussion topics include:

  • Diabetes disease process
  • Meal planning, carbohydrate counting, weight control
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Medications
  • Self-blood glucose monitoring
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Acute and chronic complications
  • Sick day management
  • Ketone testing
  • Pregnancy and pre-pregnancy planning
  • Gestational diabetes guidance
  • Stress management, risk reduction, and problem-solving
  • Updates on new injection equipment, monitoring devices, medications
  • Intensive insulin management and insulin pumps

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance plans cover fees for our services; a written referral will assist with insurance coverage. Please contact your insurer about coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. Payment or co-payment is required prior to the visit at check-in. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

American Diabetes Association disclaimer

How to Register

To register for group sessions or make an individual appointment, call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-3245.

A diabetes education referral is required for each patient before registering for a workshop or scheduling an appointment. Ask your provider who manages your diabetes to complete the referral in MyChart (electronic medical record) or Diabetes Education Referral Form and fax it to 860-679-8359.

Program Locations

UConn Health
Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd Floor West
135 Dowling Way
Farmington, CT 06030

800 Connecticut Boulevard, 1st Floor
East Hartford, CT 06108
Phone: 860-282-8510

65 Kane Street
West Hartford, CT 06119


American Diabetes Association

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