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Diabetes Empowerment Education Program

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.

(description found on DEEP website, change if needed)

Program Goals

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

  • 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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