Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

The Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program at Danbury Hospital includes DSME classes, individual sessions and specialized classes . The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Education. The program instructors are registered dietitians and nurses who are also certified diabetes educators.

Group Education consists of a series of four classes each with a specific area of focus. Classes are interactive and aimed at providing you with the information you will need to minimize complications and maximize your quality of life. The classes are offered monthly. We offer both daytime and evening sessions.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education program may be beneficial to anyone with diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2, newly diagnosed or longstanding. Studies show that people attending a diabetes education program:

  • Have better control of blood sugar
  • Incur fewer diabetes-related hospitalizations
  • Stay healthier

Course Overview

  • Daily self-care
  • Monitoring blood glucose
  • Low blood sugar
  • High blood sugar
  • Sick days
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Information about medications
  • Long-term complications
  • Preventive care
  • Personalized goal setting

Course Cost and Payment Options

Medicare and most CT and NY health plans recognize the benefits of an ADA-recognized education program. A co-pay may apply. Please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss your insurance. We can assist you with referral paperwork (a doctor’s order is required). Payment options include cash, check, money order or credit card.

We offer a complimentary meal served at the start of each class and you are more than welcome to bring your spouse or other family members who help with your diabetes care– at no extra charge.

Diabetes Training Program Contact and Location Information

Please feel free to contact us at any time. Our program coordinator will be happy to assist you.

Linda Ferro, APRN, CDE
The Diabetes Self Management Education Program of Danbury Hospital
41 Germantown Road
Suite B03
Danbury, CT 06810
Telephone: 203-739-4980

Insulin Pump Classes 

Are you interested in an insulin pump or continuous glucose monitoring system (sensor)? Come to our informational class, held monthly – class days and times vary each month. Our classes will help you learn about all the options available so you can make an informed choice. Demonstration pumps will be available for hands-on practice.

Insulin Pump Education Contact Information

Please call us for more information about insulin pump classes, or to schedule an appointment.

Kathleen Van Havere, MA, RD, CDE
Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Insulin Pump Trainer
Telephone: 203-739-4980

For More Information

To learn more about the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, call us at 203-739-4980.

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