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Diabetes Education

The Southeastern North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative (SENCRHC) is comprised of five county health directors; the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) College of Health and Human Services’ dean; and the executive director of the South East Area Health Education Center. The UNCW Center for Healthy Communities serves as the backbone organization for this collaborative. Based on a regional health assessment, SENCRHC identified diabetes as one of the most critical public health issues to be addressed through regional efforts. 

SENCRHC represents five counties, including Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender. Each of the county health department offers a diabetes education program:

  • Brunswick County

    Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program

    • Program for type 1 and type 2 diabetics that teaches about diabetes medication, blood glucose monitoring, nutrition, complications of diabetes and exercise
    • Includes an initial assessment, a class held the third Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a three-month follow-up class held on the second Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Accepts most insurances or offers an income-based sliding scale

    If you would like to refer a patient to Brunswick County Health and Human Services for their DSME program, please fill out this referral form (PDF) and fax to 910.253.2370

    For more information on Brunswick County Health and Human Services, visit their website and/or their Facebook page.

  • Columbus County

    Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

    • Designed for pre-diabetics or those who have been diagnosed as “at risk” for type 2 diabetes
    • Offered at various times and at various locations throughout the county

    If you would like to learn more about the Columbus County Health Department Diabetes Prevention Program, please call 910.640.6615.

    For more information on Columbus County Health Department, visit their website and/or their Facebook page.

  • New Hanover County

    Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program

    • For adults who have been diagnosed as diabetic or have risk factors such as being overweight or a family history of diabetes
    • Program includes an initial assessment, 2 diabetes overview and health instruction classes and a three-month follow-up class
    • A doctor’s referral is required

    If you would like to refer a patient to New Hanover County Health Department for their DSME program, please fill out this referral form (PDF) and fax to 910.772.7805

    For more information on New Hanover County Health Department, visit their website and/or their Facebook page.

  • Onslow County

    Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program

    • For adult diabetics referred by their doctor
    • Focus on self-care for long-lasting improvements in health

    Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

    • Lifestyle intervention program focused on reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
    • A year-long group intervention for “at-risk” or pre-diabetic adults
    • Designed to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes

    LEAP Diabetes

    • For adult diabetics within Onslow County’s minority population, targeting African-American, Latino, Asian and Native American ethnicities
    • Includes linkage to primary care, supplies, case management and education

    If you would like to refer a patient to Onslow County Health Department for any of their diabetes education programs, please fill out this referral form (PDF) and fax to 910.347.2789

    For more information on Onslow County Health Department, visit their website and/or their Facebook page.

  • Pender County

    Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program

    • Program for type 1 and type 2 diabetics that teaches about nutrition, exercise, diabetic medication, health problems of diabetes and the “ABC’s of Diabetes”
    • A registered nurse/health educator provides an initial assessment, a day-long class and a follow-up class

    If you would like to refer a patient to Pender County Health Department for their DSME program, please fill out their referral form (PDF) and fax to 910.259.2138

    For more information on Pender County Health Department, visit their website and/or their Facebook page.