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The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) was developed to provide community residents with the tools to better manage their diabetes in order to reduce complications and lead healthier, longer lives. Based on principles of empowerment and adult education, DEEP has two components. The Training of Trainers Program is a twenty-hour workshop to train community health workers (lay health educators, lay health promoters) on providing diabetes education to members of their community. The training stresses the development of skills and knowledge related to diabetes by using interactive group activities and adult education methods. Once they complete the training, health workers are prepared to deliver diabetes education and self-management classes in their communities.
The second DEEP component, The Diabetes Patient Education Program is designed as an 8-10 week curriculum for diabetes self-management education. The curriculum is divided into eight modules covering topics that include diabetes risk factors, complications, nutrition, physical activity, use of the glucose meter and medications, building partnerships with a diabetes health care team, psychosocial effects of illness, problem-solving strategies, and how to access community diabetes resources.
The curriculum is based on national medical care and diabetes self-education guidelines and recommendations. It is revised every two years (or as needed) to reflect the most current knowledge and information.