The American Diabetes Association provides education and support to people with diabetes through its Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) network nationwide. These services follow the National Standards of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (NSDSMES).  To find a service in your area that is reimbursed by Medicare and most other insurances, please visit

Understanding that people with diabetes need ongoing support even after attending DSMES, the American Diabetes Association has developed an online community-based Diabetes Support Directory.  This Directory provides a listing of high-quality support options that meet the ADA support programming criteria and align with the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.

Together with DSMES, community-based support has been linked to improved and reinforced diabetes-related knowledge; self-care skills in areas such as meal planning, physical activity, taking medication, and blood glucose monitoring; and health outcomes.

If an ADA DSMES service is not available in your area, Diabetes Support can also help to connect participants with other diabetes support resources in the community. Diabetes Support is often held in community-based settings (e.g., clinics, churches or community organizations) and is frequently peer-led by individuals who speak the language, share the culture, and come from the same communities as their participants.  

For more information and updates on Diabetes Support, please click here to provide your contact information. By providing your information, you will also receive notifications on future ADA Grant opportunities for diabetes support delivery in your community.

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