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Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

Published On 08/26/2013

We provide diabetes patients and their families with the knowledge and skills to properly manage diabetes, avoid long-term complications and achieve positive outcomes throughout their life.


We offer a variety of group education classes. One-on-one education sessions are available upon request to accommodate language, disabilities and other learning needs. All classes are led by registered nurses and dietitians trained and certified in diabetes management and education. We encourage family participation and attendance in classes.

All classes meet in the Le Bonheur Outpatient Center, Suite 240.

If you have questions about registration and insurance coverage for these classes, please call LaTonya Ivy, RN, MSN, CDE, at (901)287-5199.

View our 2016 class schedule.

  • Diabetes Basics - provides a diabetes overview for newly diagnosed children and their families in addition to families new to the Le Bonheur Endocrine Center. A variety of topics are covered including prevention, recognition, treatment of high and low blood glucose levels, carb counting, sick day management and goal setting. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m
  • Carb Counting - provides a comprehensive overview of meal planning and carbohydrate counting. Classes meet on Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Introduction to Insulin Pump - designed for children and families motivated to manage diabetes with an insulin pump. Topics covered include advantages and disadvantages of the pump, understanding basal and bolus, carbohydrate counting, problem solving and active communication. Following this class, participants choose their desired pump and receive education specific to the pump chosen. Classes meet on Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Moving Toward Independence – focuses on equipping patients ages 15-18 with the tools to successfully transition from pediatric- to adult-level diabetes self-management. Topics covered include prevention of chronic complications, effective communication with the provider, driving and diabetes and college. Classes meet on Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • One-on-One Education Sessions - focus and class topics are based on the child and his or her family needs. This class is often set aside for those with cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD), language barriers and developmental and/or physical disabilities. Education class times are flexible.


Please complete the referral form and fax the form to (901)937-6689. Our program coordinators will contact you to schedule a class date within one to two days. The following information is needed to complete the registration:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Diagnosis
  • Type of class requested
  • Insurance information
  • Provider signature