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).
*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.
Main Campus, Building 1, 1704
Main Campus, Building 1, 1706
- 515-699-5999 Ext. 4255
Hours of Operation
- 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.