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Continued Support for a Healthier Lifestyle

The Diabetes Self-Management Program is for anyone, referred by their physician, with diabetes conditions, as well as their family members.  We are dedicated to the program’s mission:

Recognizing that diabetes is a chronic disease that is best managed by the individual, we serve to assist participants in translating diabetes knowledge into improved self care.

Support Services

View a schedule and more information on the Center's group classes.

Diabetes Support Circle Group

Patients and family members share how they cope with diabetes and offer encouragement to one another.  Discussions vary and include specialty topics.  There is no fee or referral for this program.

Diabetes Education Program

The diabetes care team at the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Providence Hospital believes that lifelong diabetes management begins with a robust education program and continual support.  For many patients, the next step will be the Center's Diabetes Today Program.

Diabetes Today Program

Diabetes Today is designed for the newly diagnosed patient or for someone who needs a refresher course in basic diabetes management.  It contains an introduction to diabetes, with an emphasis on meal planning and physical activity.  This program will cover the ABCs of Diabetes.

  • First Steps - an overview of diabetes and its treatment
  • What Can I Eat - carbohydrate counting, label reading, portion control, and meal planning
  • Foods that Fit - information about eating out, alcohol consumption, and adjusting your meal plan
  • Exercise Basics - exercise tips and planning, identifying and preventing barriers to exercise in your life

This small group setting is a great opportunity for your to learn more about dealing with diabetes.  Because participants come from many different backgrounds and are at different stages of the disease, you will find the discussions helpful in problem solving.

If you are visually impaired or have difficulties in group sessions, please let us know and we will design a program that works for you.

Personal 1-on-1 Education

After you've completed your first visit and the Diabetes Today program, your diabetes self-management training will continue with personal 1-on-1 medical nutrition therapy (MNT) education sessions.  These sessions will cover personalized information that builds on your learning from the group sessions.

Heart Healthy Living Series

This series includes two one-hour classes that are offered separately or together.  One class is devoted to Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad and the Healthy and the other class is devoted to Blood Pressure: Under Control.

Real World Diabetes: What do your glucose results tell you?

A single one-hour interactive opportunity for patients with A1C out of target to analyze and improve blood glucose results with education.  Participants must have completed Diabetes Today or a basic diabetes education class in the previous calendar year.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM): Is it right for you?

A single one-hour program designed to explain the benefits and challenges of CGM.  Participants must have completed Diabetes Today or a basic diabetes education class in the previous calendar year.

Pumping: Is it for you?

A single-one hour program to introduce the concept of what a pump is and what it can and cannot do to help with diabetes treatment.  Participants must have completed Diabetes Today or a basic diabetes education class in the previous calendar year.

Making Your Meal Plan Work for You

A single one-hour program that teaches patients the ins and outs of meal planning and the role of carbohydrate counting in adding flexibility to the meal plan.  Participants must have completed Diabetes Today or a basic diabetes education class, as well as a personal 1-on-1 medical nutrition therapy education session.

Matching Insulin to Carb

A single one-hour program that teaches patients to calculate their own carb-to-insulin ratio and sensitivity factor.  Geared for patients starting on a pump or basal/bolus insulin combination.  Participants must have completed Diabetes Today or a basic diabetes education class, as well as a personal 1-on-1 medical nutrition therapy education session.

Diabetes Update

We will create a follow up program, specifically based on your needs.  The Diabetes Update program is a single two-hour class designed for the person who has completed a comprehensive program the previous year and needs follow-up, or can be used as an update for the person who has education in the past.

Diabetes On The Road

Click here to view more information on Providence's Diabetes On The Road program.


How to Register

To register for a program, obtain a referral from your physician and call 202-269-7128 or ask your physician’s office to fax the referral, with your home phone number, to (202) 269-4854 and we will contact you to schedule your consultation.

Visit a Diabetes Specialist in Your Neighborhood

To Find a Physician who can help you manage your diabetes, click here or call our physician referral services line at 1-855-823-WELL.  To find out more about our Diabetes Services or to make an appointment with a Providence diabetes specialist today, call 202-269-7128, Monday - Friday from 8AM - 5PM.

The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Providence Hospital is located at:

Suite 110 - DePaul Professional Building
Providence Hospital
1160 Varnum Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Main hospital Phone: (202) 269 7000

Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20017 2180