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Health Departments Diabetes Program Achieves National Accreditation

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Northern Kentucky Health Department’s diabetes program was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

To become accredited, the Health Department had to show that its diabetes program provides evidence-based education and self management support. It had to demonstrate that the Northern Kentucky program meets national standards for diabetes education, including measures related to curriculum, access to services, provider credentials, ongoing support and quality improvement.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department’s diabetes program is one of only 14 accredited programs in Kentucky, and is the only accredited program in the Greater Cincinnati region.  

“We are proud that our agency continues to be recognized for its high standards, with Public Health Accreditation, and now diabetes accreditation,” said Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health. “Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. Accreditation shows that our staff provides quality services to our clients with diabetes.”

The Health Department’s diabetes program is a self-management training program that offers group sessions to help participants learn to manage their diabetes. It also sponsors three adult diabetes support groups monthly, and is coordinated by a registered nurse and registered dietitian.

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “The Northern Kentucky Health Department is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”

In the U.S., 18.8 million people have diabetes and another 7 million are believed to be living with undiagnosed diabetes, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In Kentucky, an estimated 11 percent of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes.

For more information about the Health Department’s diabetes program, please call Joan Geohegan at 859.363.2115, or Julie Shapero at 859.363.2116, or visit

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