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The Diabetes Program

The diabetes program is a group-based approach to providing participants with the tools to manage diabetes at home. Participants receive testing supplies, medications, lab work, regular doctor visits and sessions with a diabetes nurse. The program also includes a monthly group class where participants come together to learn about healthy living and diabetes self-management. Participants in the diabetes program at HealthFinders Collaborative receive diabetes testing supplies, medications (including insulin and syringes), education and medical care. Program participants meet once a month to learn about diabetes self-management and to share their experiences of living with diabetes. (Click here for participant materials) Classes are held in English and Spanish and childcare is provided for the monthly evening classes. All classes are held in the sanctuary of Little Prairie United Methodist Church from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Dates for upcoming classes can be found here.

Program Eligibility

HealthFinders doctors and nurses refer patients to the diabetes program. The clinic coordinator then completes the intake process. New participants meet with the diabetes nurse coordinator to learn more about the program and to set goals.

Providers & Collaborating Partners

Volunteer family physicians, family nurse practitioners and registered nurses provide direct care to patients. A nurse coordinator provides diabetes education and program support. Collaborating laboratories and ophthalmologists in Rice County donate their services to participants.

Participant Responsibilities

Diabetes program participants are asked to attend and participate in monthly classes, bring pill bottles and monitoring logs to all appointments, keep lab and clinic appointments or give 24 hour’s cancellation notice. Participants are also asked to do their best to make recommended changes to their medications, diet and lifestyle and to be open and honest with clinic staff.

HealthFinders Responsibilities

Staff and volunteers are committed to being respectful of all patients. They also partner with patients to provide them with the support and care they need to take care of their diabetes.

Contact:  Emily Carroll, 507-646-8964, carroll.emily@healthfindersmn.org

 

 

  • Bulletin Board

    News and events from the Diabetes Program.
  • Materials

    Materials for program participation. Includes Diabetes Patient Passport, educational pamphlets, and HealthFinders-specific diabetes program education materials.
  • Staff

    Photos and bios of Diabetes Program Leadership.
  • Events

    Upcoming Diabetes Program and Wellness Events.