Community Health Network Programs for Diabetes

Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educator

  • Certified Diabetes Outpatient Educators (CDOEs) are Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians and pharmacists who teach patients how to manage their glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, medication, and nutrition. Individual or group consultations are done in doctors’ offices, pharmacies, CDOE sites, around the state.

    Target Audience:Adults (18+ years old) with diabetes referred by a healthcare provider
  • Cost: Covered under some health insurance plans, may require co-pay
  • Contact:Virginia Paine

Diabetes Prevention Program (Department of Health)

  • The Department of Health provides the National Diabetes Prevention Program, developed by the CDC. This is an evidence based lifestyle change program for preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half through modest weight loss, regular physical activity and improving food choices.

    Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) with pre-diabetes or people at-risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:Allyson Ventura-Tesillo

Living Well Rhode Island, Diabetes Self-Management

  • Led by certified Peer Leaders, this workshop teaches techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, stress, depression, and anger. It also promotes exercise, proper use of medications, healthy eating, and effective communication techniques. Group sessions meet for 2 1/2 hours per week for 6 weeks. Facilitated in both English and Spanish.

    Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) who have, or who care for someone with, diabetes
  • Cost: Free. Incentives are provided to participants
  • Contact:Cindy Ariza

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program

  • This program teaches people how to lower their risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. Group sessions are held once a week for 16 weeks.

    Target Audience: Adults (18+ years old) with pre-diabetes or people at-risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cost: YMCA Member $199, Non-Member $249. YMCA membership included during the core 16 sessions. Financial Assistance and payment plans available.
  • Contact:Joni Bloom