Meetings are in the Lincoln Room at ALMH.
With an innovative approach to presenting material, the classes
are guided by patients in an interactive setting. The program was
developed by Healthy Interactions Inc., a global leader in health
education, in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association.
"It's always patient-centered, promoting what the group feels is
important," says Jennifer DiPasquale, clinical dietitian at ALMH.
"I'm really excited to offer this program here in Lincoln. This
education is offered in the traditional format in Springfield and
Bloomington, but has not been available in Lincoln for many years.
There are lots of people who need it, and they won't have to drive
out of town to get it."
After launching the
U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map program in
2007, Healthy Interactions trained more than 10,000 health care
professionals in just 10 months. The program meets the American
Diabetes Association criteria for diabetes self-managed education.
"Up until now, health education has been a one-way monologue with
patients filling a lecture-style room to listen to an educator. What
Healthy Interactions has created is a totally different way to
engage patients; in fact, we are changing the paradigm of health
education so people living with diabetes are better able to take
control of their health," said Peter Gorman, co-founder of Healthy
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The program is driven by conversation and built on the belief that
people learn by being engaged -- hearing, seeing, exploring,
discussing and doing.
Tools in the program include "On the Road to Better Managing Your
Diabetes," "Diabetes and Healthy Eating," "Monitoring Your Blood
Glucose" and "Continuing Your Journey with Diabetes."
Because of the program's structure, a limited number of
participants can enroll for each session. New sessions will be added
as participants enroll. Call Jennifer DiPasquale at 732-2161, ext.
75199, if you're interested in learning more.
[Text from file received
from Abraham Lincoln Memorial