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Diabetes Education Program

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) Diabetes Education Program

The Diabetes Education Program is a diabetes self-management education program certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health and accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.  Our 10 hour program is led by pharmacists and dieticians.  The program includes a one-on-one individual assessment, individual and group educational classes, and an individualized meal plan.  Classes are offered during the morning, afternoon, evening and select Saturdays to accommodate your schedule.

Many patients request to bring along a family member or friend. There is no additional charge for them to attend with you.

We offer informative, convenient diabetes education classes. Classes are held on the SJMO campus.  These comprehensive classes address the nutritional, medicinal and behavioral changes that are needed when living with diabetes.  A wide variety of topics are addressed, including:

  • Overview of diabetes
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Sick days
  • Short- and long-term complications
  • Foot and skin care
  • Meal planning
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Reading food labels
  • Medications
  • Insulin injection
  • Exercise
  • Stress and coping
  • Behavior goals/changing habits

Cost: Please check with your insurance to see if diabetes self-management education is a covered benefit. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover the education program.

Referral: A Diabetes Education Program Referral signed by your physician is needed for an individual assessment and educational classes. Click here to download the form.


Call 248-858-3020 to schedule an appointment.

When diagnosed with diabetes, lifestyle improvements are often necessary. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has a diabetes self-management education program to help individuals with these improvements.

The diabetes education team will work closely with your referring physician and other health care providers to ensure that you understand, can monitor, and manage your diabetes. For more information, click here.

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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland | 44405 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac, Michigan 48341 | 248-858-3000