Diabetes Self-Management Education Certification Program

Diabetes Self Management Education logoAre you or a loved one having to think about or take care of diabetes? Don't go it alone!

Helpful professionals will listen and help you make a plan to feel better, reduce diabetes complications and improve your health. It's called Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME).

What do diabetes educators do? They:

  • Find out what your needs are for caring for or managing your diabetes.
  • Find out what your personal goals are for managing or preventing diabetes, or its complications.
  • Help you design a plan of action to make changes that meet your goals but still fit into your life.
  • Give you the tools and know-how you need to take care of your diabetes.
  • Support you now and in the future as you live with and manage diabetes.

Diabetes Self-Management Education sounds like a lot. But, really, it is all about YOU and what you want!

Feel better when living with diabetes. Professional diabetes educators and DSME can help!

List of MDHHS certified Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs
DSME Map – Find a MDHHS certified location near you.

Who is Eligible?

People with diabetes that are newly diagnosed, have had a change in treatment or condition, or have never received comprehensive diabetes self-management education (does not assure coverage). Most people can meet with their diabetes educator yearly as needed.

Four Critical Times To Consider a Referral to DSME

In June, 2015, a joint statement regarding Diabetes Self-Management Education was released by the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  1. At Diagnosis: All newly diagnosed persons with type 2 diabetes should receive DSME.
  2. Annually: All persons with diabetes should have a review of education, nutrition and emotional needs.
  3. When new factors influence self-management, such as physical, emotional, or psychosocial changes.
  4. When transitions in care happen, including living situation, insurance or doctor changes.

Read the entire statement- Joint Statement Outlines Guidance on Diabetes Self-Management Education, Support.

Find American Diabetes Association approved programs in Michigan
Find American Association of Diabetes Educators approved programs


DSME locations in michiganThe Certification Process

The certification process is based on National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education, MDHHS, American Association of Diabetes Educators and American Diabetes Association requirements. Programs that provide DSME are required to:

  • Use an instructional team that maintains current knowledge in diabetes management, behavioral interventions, and skills in teaching, learning and counseling
  • Focus on individualized educational planning, even in group settings
  • Implement a continuous quality improvement process

Site visits are made to review implementation of the national standards and to provide consultation and technical assistance.

Certified programs are partners of the Michigan Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and part of a large network of agencies involved in diabetes preventive care and education.

Consultation is provided at no charge to eligible programs interested in obtaining certification.
Provider Handbook is available upon request.

Certification Program Coordinator:

  Kim Lombard, MS, RD, CDE
  Phone: 517-373-2818
  Email: Lombardk@michigan.gov

Apply For Certification


Required for certification

For forms related to site visits, report completion or sample templates contact:

Kim Lombard, MS, RD, CDE
Certification Program Coordinator
Phone: 517-373-2818
Email: Lombardk@michigan.gov