Diabetes Self Management

Cohort based program | 12–1 p.m. | Tuesdays

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This 6-session free series entitled Diabetes Self-Management Skills for Nevada Community Health Workers. This series will assist Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Nevada with support in helping their clients who live with diabetes in developing and maintaining self-management skills when it comes to managing their diabetes. We will discuss tools, resources, and strategies to support NV CHW’s as they support their clients living with diabetes. The planned curriculum will include topics around healthy eating when eating out and self-management skills like monitoring blood sugars, foot care, eye care, and how to handle sick days. We will discuss resources so that the NV CHWs has a good understanding of how to support their clients live their best life despite having diabetes. We will be using case-based learning as the main part of this ECHO program and invite all CHW’s with an opportunity to discuss strategies and tools that they can use to help their clients. The specific CHW skills that will be addressed during this program include: Advocacy Skills, Communication Skills, Promoting Healthy Lifestyle/Health Eating Active Living, Individual and Assessment Skills, and Community Capacity Building. 

Series Schedule/Topics:

  • Session #1: Orientation and Introduction
  • Session #2: Blood Sugar Monitoring: The Why & How 
  • Session #3: Prevent Diabetes Complications: Foot Care, Eye Exam, Know your Numbers, Dental Check-Ups
  • Session #4: Heart Healthy Eating: Key Tips to Implement For Patients with Diabetes
  • Session #5: Managing Sick Days: 5 Key Things to Know 
  • Session #6: Healthy Weight Management: Diet and Excercise with Mindfulness 

Our objectives are:

  1. Increase confidence in NV CHWs in understanding the value of glucose monitoring to help inform decisions and empower their clients with decision making and problem solving around their diabetes 
  2. To help NV CHWs increase their knowledge around necessary preventative health measures all patients living with diabetes needs to understand how to manage.

  3. Provide NV CHWs with tools and strategies around healthy eating that can be provided to their clients living with diabetes

Diabetes Self Management Case Review Form (Fourthcoming) 

Our team

  • Karmella Thomas, RD, CDE. Karmella trained at the University of Nevada, Reno, in both biology and nutrition. She has a certificate of Specialized Training in Adult Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association She also earned the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential in June 2012.
  • Maricres Crisler, Director of Clinic Operations. FirstMed Health and Wellness. Maricres Crisler is currently employed as Director of Clinical Operations at FirstMed Health and Wellness in Las Vegas, an FQHC who takes great care of the underserved population. She earned her Bachelors degrees in Biology and Nursing as well as an MD in the Philippines.


CME Evaluation Form

To request copies of didactics and reference materials, please contact us at ProjectECHO@med.unr.edu

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 1.0 hour of nursing continuing education credit. Nevada State Board of Nursing provider number 120894-1.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The Nevada Certification Board for Community Health Workers has approved this training for 1.0 hours of CEUs per session.