SPARTA, NJ – Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), collaborates with Premier Health Associates (PHA) to offer free diabetes education as part of Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC). The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program offers free self-management workshops that are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers. 

The free diabetes self-management workshops take place once a week for six weeks and are designed to educate individuals about diabetes and help them learn how to manage it through various tools and techniques. Participants learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications, and much more. Previous graduates of the program have lost weight, lowered blood sugar levels, improved eating habits, and bonded with others in their community going through similar experiences.

Since August 2016, 74 Sussex County residents have successfully graduated from the free workshops.

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“Our patients are benefiting from our collaboration with Quality Insights and the Everyone with Diabetes counts program,” Paula Manning, Value Based Program Manager at PHA, said. “They continue to participate enthusiastically with the classes offered and their health goals are being achieved by learning about diabetes and using that knowledge to make healthful lifestyle changes.”

There are two free workshops coming up in Sussex County:

  • Sparta Public Library on 22 Woodport Road in Sparta, NJ 07871

Mondays, September 10, 2018 to October 22, 2018

10:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

To register, call Christine Byrne at (862) 354-6440 ext. 291

  • Sussex County Main Library on 125 Morris Turnpike in Newton, NJ 07860

Mondays, September 10 to October 22, 2018

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To register, call Christine Byrne at (862) 354-6440 ext. 291

Visit www.qualityinsights-qin.org to learn more about Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, or to read real success stories about people with diabetes in New Jersey who completed this program and experienced positive results.

About Quality Insights

Quality Insights is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Quality Insights collaborates with healthcare providers, patients and allied organizations across the network to bring about widespread, significant improvements in the quality of care they deliver. Our goal is better care, smarter spending and healthier people. To learn more about the network, visit www.qualityinsights-qin.org.