Programs > Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) programs are evidence-based and proven to help people with diabetes manage their diabetes. DSMES is cost-effective and can help improve health behaviors and health outcomes. Costs are covered by Medicare and some insurance companies.


  • Taught by a Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Focuses on improving clinical outcomes
  • Tailored to the needs of the individual
  • Can be one-on-one or group classes


  • DSMES is available through doctors’ offices, other healthcare providers, Indian Health Service (IHS), community centers, assisted living facilities and other settings. Some sites offer telehealth and other virtual options.


  • People with type 2 diabetes
  • Needs a healthcare provider referral

Topics and Skills Covered

  • Healthy eating
  • Decision-making
  • Insulin use
  • All topics related to good diabetes care