Humboldt General Hospital's Dietary and Nutrition Services Department
recently received some good news.
Last month, the department's "Living Well with Diabetes"
education program was accredited by the American Association of Diabetes
The designation will allow residents in and around Humboldt County increased
access to critical diabetes education services.
According to HGH Dietary and Nutrition Services Director Tiffani Nalivka,
diabetes education is a collaborative process in which people with or
at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills they need to modify
their behavior for maximum health.
"We're thrilled with this designation and with the ability we
now have to connect our patients with the education they need to successfully
self-manage diabetes and its related conditions," said Nalivka.
The director said she did not initially anticipate how time-intensive the
accreditation process would be.
"It was a lot of work," said Nalivka of the year-long process.
But she and Licensed Dietitian Annie Drake, who she credits with shouldering
a fair share of the load, are certainly thrilled with the outcome.
"This program is going to be a great addition to our community."
In preparation for HGH's interview, Nalivka and Drake had to prepare
all program materials and policies as well as assemble an advisory board
that will meet each year to monitor the program's quality.
Nalivka was nervous for the final interview, but she said her fears quickly
eased when the AADE representative asked if HGH had offered the program
"They thought we were bringing back a program instead of creating
a new one because our programming and our policies were so good,"
She added, "That was really a pat on the back to know that our information
is that solid."
"Living Well with Diabetes" is an 8-week, comprehensive education
program that will be delivered to diabetes patients on a one-and-one and
The program is covered by most insurances; for those who don't have
insurance, the hospital may be able to provide financial assistance.
Classes will begin in January 2014 and will be offered quarterly. Educational
topics will include disease risks, monitoring blood sugar, creating meal
plans, remaining active, managing medications and more.
"Living with a chronic condition can be very challenging," said
Nalivka, "so our goal is to help people create a self-management
plan that will help them truly live well."
Humboldt General Hospital will need to re-accredit as a diabetes education
program every four years, and submit a status report each year in between.
The hospital is now compiling a waiting list for its "Living Well
with Diabetes" education program. For more information or to reserve
a spot for the January 2014 start date, please contact Nalivka at (775)
623-5222, ext. 1756 or via email at email@example.com.