The Health Trust Receives Diabetes Accreditation

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The Health Trust has demonstrated a commitment to diabetes education in Santa Clara County for several years through its delivery of diabetes prevention and management services. On January 6, 2015, The Health Trust enhanced its diabetes services when it was accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) to provide medical nutrition therapy and individual diabetes education sessions with registered dietitians.
In the United States, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death. Within Santa Clara County, nearly 8% of residents have diabetes.

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Eileen, a particpant in the Diabetes Self-Management Program, discusses alternative diet options as a means of treating and living with diabetes. The Health Trust will also incorporate services such as Medical Nutrition Therapy and individual diabetes educational sessions with a registered dietitian into their suite of diabetes prevention and management services.

“We developed these additional service lines in response to the overwhelming need in our community. Seniors in particular need quality self-management resources such as medical nutrition therapy and peer led diabetes self-management groups,” says Paul Hepfer, Vice President of Programs for The Health Trust. “We will begin this first year with a focus on community members with diabetes that are covered by Medicare and then expand out to other groups as we are able.”

The Health Trust is building on the success of the comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management program that was developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Center in which. The Health Trust has offered this program for several years. In addition The Health Trust suite of services is rounded out by evidence-based peer led nutrition education workshops developed by the USDA. Accreditation with the AADE ensures that each diabetes education program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

Classes will be offered at The Health Trust offices at 1400 Parkmoor Ave. Suite 230, San Jose, CA 95126, and at other locations throughout Santa Clara County.

If you, or someone close to you, have diabetes, are covered by Medicare and would like to learn more about obtaining these services, please contact Jennifer Briscoe by phone at 408.961.9815 or email at jenniferb@healthtrust.org.