About the Coalition
The Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi is composed of dedicated and interested individuals across the State of Mississippi who work to improve the lives and health of the state’s population affected by diabetes. Membership in the Coalition is open to anyone. Click on the following link to learn more about the Coalition:
New! Financial Assistance Resources for Individuals With Diabetes
Fiscal Tiger offers a Financial Assistance Resources for Individuals With Diabetes. Fiscal Tiger is an online personal finance resource created by a collective of finance authors and researchers. We recognize the distinct challenges that people with diabetes can face when accessing healthcare, so we created a guide that details options for financial assistance, supplies, and other support to help those with diabetes affordably access the care they require. Click here to learn more.
New! Mississippi seniors who qualify for Medicare can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan
Mississippi seniors who qualify for Medicare can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, also known as Medicare Part C. These alternative health insurance plans are approved by Medicare, and administered through private insurance companies. Because numerous health insurance companies offer these plans, their benefits, costs and rules can vary significantly. While all Medicare Advantage plans include hospital and medical coverage equal to Medicare Parts A and B, they also often include additional benefits such as vision, hearing and dental care. Some plans include prescription drug coverage, while others do not but give participants the option of enrolling in a separate Medicare Part D plan. Unlike Original Medicare coverage that’s the same for all beneficiaries, seniors can shop for a Medicare Advantage plan suited to their specific needs. Below you can find free resources that provide comprehensive information on Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part C, in Mississippi. You can read more about this work here:
New! Legislative Ask-Sheet for Increased Diabetes Funding
This sheet details several opportunities for increased diabetes funding across the US that interested parties may use when contacting their legislators in Washington, DC. Constituent meetings serve as an opportunity to educate Members of Congress and gain support for the following ADA priority issues: need for increased funding for the critical diabetes research and prevention programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Programs (SDP).
Ask Sheet- National Diabetes Prevention Program
Diabetes Self-Management Training
Diabetes educators are licensed health care professionals—registered nurses, registered dietitians and pharmacists, among others. Their specialty is helping people with diabetes understand how to best manage their diabetes. Many of the healthcare professionals providing diabetes education or Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) also carry the designation Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).
The Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi now offers a personalized brochure for Accredited/Recognized DSMT programs. You can type in your own organization’s contact information before printing and sharing with providers.
Accredited DSMT Programs
A full listing of healthcare professionals providing diabetes education or Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) may be found by clicking on the following link:
Why Should A Healthcare Provider Refer A Patient For DSMT?
Diabetes educators have a unique skill set and serve as essential support for patients and providers.
DIABETES EDUCATORS CAN:
- Increase your practice’s efficiency by assuming time-consuming patient training, counseling and follow-up duties
- Help you meet pay-for-performance and quality improvement goals
- Track and monitor patients’ care and progress and provide you with status reports
- Help delay the onset of diabetes with prevention and self-management training for patients who are at high risk
While you manage your patients’ care, diabetes educators focus on empowering them to manage their diabetes. They teach, coach and guide patients so they understand their diabetes in the context of their personal lives and work with them to set – and meet – behavior change goals to improve their health.
Tools for Diabetes Self Management Trainers
Access Additional Links and Resources
Click here to view a listing of helpful links to tools that will assist you in understanding, managing, and treating diabetes.