It is a matter of fact: diabetes is becoming more prevalent in US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1980 through 2011, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled from 5.6 to 20.9 million. And that’s only the number of persons actually diagnosed. Many may have diabetes or be pre-diabetic and not even know it.
Regina Linehan, director of the PAH Diabetes Education Center
To promote quality education for people with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) endorses the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. To support this goal, the ADA Education Recognition Program assesses whether applicants meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self Management Education. Congratulations to Regina N. Linehan RN, MS, CDE, director, and Natalie Gamble MPH, CHES, health educator, of the Pennsylvania Hospital Diabetes Education Center, who have achieved ADA recognition, making PAH one of only 12 ADA recognized diabetes education centers in all of Philadelphia. This recognition lasts until 2017.
Natalie Gamble, health educator at the PAH Diabetes Education Center
The Diabetes Education Center consuls PAH inpatients with diabetes and also works with outpatient health clinics. Regina and Natalie frequently speak about diabetes care at organizations working with underserved populations in the PAH community.