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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Community health representative: The first tribally contracted program, since 1968 - American indian paraprofessional healthcare providers


Fundamentals of Diabetes Care

This online learning opportunity is available to all Tribal CHRs. It is jointly sponsored by the IHS Community Health Representative Program, the IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

"Fundamentals of Diabetes Care" is an online course that offers high quality, easy access, and no cost diabetes education. The course contains 6 lessons that prepare health paraprofessionals to assist people with diabetes. Topics include: an introduction to diabetes; using clinical practice guidelines to reduce risk; healthy eating strategies for managing diabetes; physical activity, monitoring and goal setting; diabetes medication information and taking medications safely; and helping diabetes patients stay safe and prevent complications.

CHRs who take the course will:

  • Learn about type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes and how to recognize the common symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Discover how various diabetes clinical practice guidelines can be used during patient interactions.
  • Gain insight on healthy eating strategies diabetes patients need to know to successfully manage their disease.
  • Discover recommendations for physical activity, monitoring, and tips for working with patients to set appropriate goals.
  • Get the facts on the various medications used for diabetes management and some basic strategies to help patients take medications safely.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of how to help patients stay safe and hopefully, prevent complications.

It will take about 6 hours to complete all of the lessons. You are asked to complete the lessons and pass a post-test within 8 weeks of registering for the course. CHRs who complete the course within that time period will receive an IHS Certificate of Completion.

If you would like to take the course please click here to register.

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