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Diabetes Empowerment Education Program

Curriculum Description

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program, also known as DEEP™, is an education curriculum designed to help people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, relatives and caregivers gain a better understanding of diabetes self-care. Classes last a total of six weeks, providing participants with eight unique learning modules.

The next session will take place in the summer of 2018.

DEEP Course Content

Program Goals

Goals of the DEEP curriculum include:

  • Improving and maintaining the quality of life of persons with pre-diabetes and existing diabetes
  • Preventing complications and incapacities
  • Improving eating habits and maintaining adequate nutrition
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Developing self-care skills
  • Improving the relationship between patients and health care providers
  • Utilizing available resources

Class Guidelines

Classes incorporate the following guidelines:

  • Evidence-based
  • Eight learning modules, taught over six weeks
  • Twelve to fifteen people per class
  • Participatory teaching and learning
  • Classes approximately one to two hours in length, depending on class size
  • Can be taught by peer educators or community health workers (CHWs) who are usually lay people within the community
  • Graduation after completion of at least 80 percent of the modules and completion of a pre and a post test

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