Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

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.

Classes meet in the Le Bonheur Outpatient Center Diabetes/Endocrine Clinic, the FedExFamilyHouse and the Children's Foundation Research Center.

If you have questions about registration and insurance coverage for these classes, please call LaTonya Ivy, RN,MSN,CDE, at 901-287-5199 or Madison Greer, RN,BSN,CDE, at 901-287-6817.

  • Diabetes Basics 2: Advancing Diabetes Care
    • Newly diagnosed patients and families will receive education on the following: flexible insulin dosing, how insulin and food work together, carbohydrate counting, glucagon therapy and meal planning.
  • Diabetes Basics Complete
    • Newly diagnosed patients and families, as well as families new to the Le Bonheur Endocrine Center, will receive education on the following: diabetes overview, proper treatments and prevention of acute complications, insulin types, administration, insulin adjustment, sick day management, safety at school, carbohydrate counting, meal planning and goal setting.
    • Friends and extended family are welcome and encouraged to come to this class. It's a great time for your support system to learn more about diabetes to help you manage your health at school and home.
  • Self-Management 1: Putting it All Together
    • Builds on previous classes and emphasizes prevention of chronic complications, learning the skill of pattern management, working on diabetes problem solving and playing games while learning about terms important to your child's care.
  • Self-Management 2: Transitioning into Adulthood
    • Strong concentration on patients transitioning from pediatric to adult care and emphasis placed on patient taking responsibility for diabetes self-management, discussion about life after high school and making healthy nutrition choices in the real world.
    • College roommates and close friends are encouraged to attend this class. 
    • Recommended for ages 15-18.
  • Insulin Pump Introduction
    • Topics will include: advantages and disadvantages of the pump, understanding basal and bolus, carbohydrate counting, problem solving and active communication.
    • Upon completing the class, participants will have an opportunity to view various insulin pumps, ask questions regarding specific pumps and choose their desired pump and will receive education specific to the chosen pump once ordered and received. 
  • 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. 
    • Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes
      • Education will include: what is cystic fibrosis related diabetes, prevention and treatments of complications, insulin types and proper administration of insulin, sick day management and meal planning.


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 three to five days. The following information is needed to complete the registration:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact Information
  • Diagnosis
  • Applicable Laboratory Results
  • Type of class requested
  • Insurance information
  • Provider signature

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