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Outpatient Diabetes Education and Support

The Summa Diabetes Education and Self Management Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes education, combining the patient, family, physician, certified diabetes educator, nurse educator and dietitian. Together, the team helps the patient learn general information about diabetes and its maintenance through discussions about medications, nutrition, personal care, and prevention of complications, exercise and more.

Summa’s diabetes education and self-management programs focus on the AADE7 Self Care Behaviors essential for improving health and quality of life, which include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Being active
  • Monitoring
  • Medication
  • Problem solving
  • Healthy coping
  • Reducing risks

Our education and support program offers:

  • Group classes (patients may be accompanied by one adult)
  • Individual sessions
  • Refresher classes (yearly update)
  • Gestational diabetes sessions
  • Medical nutrition therapy (diabetes and other related diseases)
  • Free community education seminars for those with diabetes and their family members

Class content. Summa diabetes education classes cover all content recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), including:

  • Diabetes disease process
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Medications
  • Monitoring/using measurement results
  • Acute and chronic complications
  • Goal setting and problem solving
  • Psychosocial adjustment
  • Preconception care, pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes (when appropriate)

Each participant in Summa’s comprehensive program receives an initial assessment interview by a diabetes educator to determine the educational needs. After the assessment, participants will attend either individual or group sessions.

After the series of educational sessions, participants attend a follow-up appointment with dietitians. Follow-up calls from the staff gauge patient progress.

Further education and programs are offered throughout the year, including cooking demonstrations and speaker presentations at support group sessions like the following:

Diabetic Support Group 

Health Center
195 Wadsworth Rd.
Founders Hall Room 151-A
Wadsworth, OH 44281

The Diabetic Support Group is an educational program covering various topics concerning diabetes. Such topics may include proper nutrition, medications and other concerns among the group. Group members can ask questions, learn helpful information and meet others with diabetes. 

Meeting Dates: *Last Saturday of each month, 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Free, no registration required.

*Please note: Meeting days are tentative and may change due to holidays or other events. Please call and confirm meeting dates prior to attending.

Diabetes CARE (Community Awareness Resource Education)

Summa Barberton Hospital 
155 Fifth St. NE 
Barberton, OH 44203

The Diabetes CARE programs are free educational sessions covering various topics concerning diabetes for patients and their friends and family. We have speakers from the medical community including physicians, dietitians, social workers, as well as motivational speakers.


Meeting Dates: Free, registration is required.