The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center’s Diabetes Self-Management Program Earns Recognition of the American Diabetes Association

The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center has again received the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program (DSMES).

The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. The standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007, 2012 and 2017.

“Receiving this certification highlights the outstanding care that our team provides to our patients with diabetes,” said Berrie Center Co-Director Dr. Robin Goland, the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Columbia University. “We are committed to being at the forefront of diabetes care and practice.”

For people with diabetes, numerous studies report associations between diabetes self-management education and support and improved health. These services have been shown to have a positive impact on lifestyle changes, such as eating patterns and activity levels, ultimately leading to decreases in hemoglobin A1c levels, prevention or delay of diabetes complications, and improved quality of life.

“It is critically important to provide people with diabetes the tools and skills to self-manage this chronic disease,” said Dr. Goland. “Diabetes self-management education is an evidence-based approach, proven to improve outcomes for people with diabetes. We are thrilled to have this recognition.”

To make an appointment with a Certified Diabetes Educator at the Berrie Center please call 212-851-5494.