Diabetes Education Program - VA Central Iowa Health Care System
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VA Central Iowa Health Care System


Diabetes Education Program

Patients often wonder about what they will learn in a diabetes education appointment or class. Sometimes, they might say that they really aren’t interested in talking to a diabetes educator. The benefits of this specialized education are nu-merous, but are frequently underuti-lized (Duncan et al., 2009). Several studies have investigated the utility of this intervention and the results are clear: diabetes education and/or counseling yielded a lower A1C and that these patients increased their use of primary and preventive ser-vices and decreased the use of acute, inpatient hospital services as compared to controls who did not receive education or counseling (Duncan et al., 2009).

Click Here to read VACIHCS Diabetes Education Program News, Winter 2015 Edition

*Inside you will find out why Diabetes Education is so important, be introduced to Staff and the new Accucheck 360, and learn about classes!

CLASSES: All classes are held on the main campus in the PCC Education Room, 1633, unless noted otherwise.

Diabetes Basics - 1st & 3rd Thursdays each month, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

- A comprehensive session for Veterans newly diagnosed with diabetes or those who have never attended a diabetes education class.

Diabetes Prevention - 2nd Thursday each month, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

- A class for Veterans with blood glucose levels in the pre-diabetes range of 100-125 mg/dl.

Diabetes Refresher - 4th Thursday each month, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

- A course for Veterans who have had already attended a diabetes class and who have had diabetes for a number of years and need help managing their disease. 

CBOC Diabetes Group Class - A series of 4 classes, held the first four Wednesdays of each month (Clinical Video Telehealth), 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*Individual appointments are also available and consults may be placed for any of these services.

Contact Info


  • Main Campus, Building 1, 1704
    Main Campus, Building 1, 1706

Contact Number(s)

  • 515-699-5999 Ext. 4255

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.