Everyone with Diabetes Counts is an exciting new program that offers free diabetes self-management education to people in southern and central West Virginia.
The classes will help patients and their family members understand diabetes and its risks as well as the importance of diet, exercise, keeping regular physician exams, receiving annual foot and eye exams, managing medications and much more. Overall, it will teach people with diabetes how to live a healthier and better quality of life.
Classes are two hours in length, and attendees can expect to attend approximately five classes to complete the program.
People with traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, or Medicare and Medicaid (known as dual-eligible) that have a diagnosis of diabetes are eligible to participate. Family, spouses or caregivers of diabetic patients are also welcome to attend. No one will be turned away. The main area of focus is 13 rural counties in central and southern West Virginia:
EDC staff and volunteers will also support efforts in surrounding counties (Mingo, Fayette, Raleigh, Braxton, Webster, Pocahontas, Putnam) and other communities to reach as many patients with diabetes as possible.
Within those counties, classes will be scheduled at churches, community centers, physician offices, hospitals, schools—virtually anywhere where there is a need for classes and someone is willing to host them.
Everyone with diabetes counts is coordinated by the West Virginia Medical Institute, our state’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. It is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers the Medicare program.