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St. Luke's Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

Accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators


Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME): The ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skill and ability necessary for prediabetes and diabetes selfcare. The overall objectives of DSME are to support informed decision making, self-care behaviors, problem solving and active collaboration with the healthcare team and to improve clinical outcomes, health status and quality of life.

Diabetes Self-Management Support (DSMS): "Activities that assist the person with prediabetes or diabetes in implementing and sustaining the behaviors needed to manage his or her condition on an ongoing basis beyond or outside of formal self-management training. The type of support provided can be behavioral, educational, psychosocial or clinical."

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program


Core Education Curriculum: Melissa Melum, RN, CDE (St. Luke's Hospital)
Two three-hour classes, one hour initially with one on one or small group individualized goal-setting and problem-solving session with detailed written feedback to referring provider.

Ongoing Support
Continued Follow-up with RN, CDE

Living Healthy With Diabetes
Jimmi Buell, Nutritionist (Polk Co. Extension Service)

Dining With Diabetes
Jimmi Buell, Nutritionist (Polk Co. Extension Service)

Program Staff:


Melissa Melum, RN, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) has worked with patients across the spectrum of diabetes over the past 10+ years, from newly diagnosed to patients on insulin pumps. Since 2013, she has worked at St. Luke's Hospital on interdepartmental support of inpatient diabetes management, and she has worked at Blue Ridge-Polk Health Center where she developed this outpatient diabetes self-management education program.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program at St. Luke's Hospital, in collaboration with the Living Healthy with Diabetes DSMS (Diabetes Self-Management Support) program, provides a highly individualized and comprehensive curriculum in which the person with diabetes learns how to manage all aspects of diabetes, from monitoring, medications, diet and exercise to psychological and psychosocial stress. Ideally, the patient will be referred to the diabetes education (DSME) program followed by the ongoing support (DSMS) program. Enrollment in the education program requires referral from the medical provider who treats the patient's diabetes. Referring providers receive detailed reports and feedback about their patient's status.

For more information, or referral forms, call 828-894-0944.