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Health for Life - Everyone with Diabetes CountsEarl Campbell discusses the Health for Life initiative and the importance of diabetes self-management education (DSME) classes at a press conference in Austin, Texas. View and listen to the news coverage from this event:
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Everyone with Diabetes Counts
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Health for Life Diabetes Initiative Network

The Health for Life Diabetes initiative works with community partners and physicians to help eliminate health disparities and increase opportunities for Diabetes Self-management Education (DSME) among underserved populations, especially African-Americans with diabetes. DSME training for persons with diabetes is a comprehensive program that teaches them how to improve their health and quality of life.

Please join us in reducing disparities among underserved populations with diabetes. This initiative offers free tools and resources, webinars, conferences and recorded events that can help educators and physician practices better care for patients with diabetes.

Participation in this initiative, as a DSME provider or advocate, offers your organization additional benefits and opportunities at no cost, including:

  • Training on evidence-based diabetes curriculum
  • Education materials and program resources
  • Marketing of the DSME program and services
  • Support for existing community resources and relationships
  • Assistance with data collection and analysis
  • Assistance with obtaining accreditation for your diabetes program

Interested in learning more about this initiative? Please call 1-800-725-2633 or email us at

Issue: Diabetes affects more than 2.2 million adults in Texas, and experts project this number to balloon to eight million by 2040 as Texas’ at-risk populations continue to grow. African-Americans are nearly two times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.

Initiative: Support and expand diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs in the community.

Strategy: Community-wide partnerships with diabetes support programs, primary care physicians, patients, families and groups providing diabetes education.

Focus Communities: The project partners with groups that reach underserved communities with high numbers of persons with diabetes. From October 2012 to July 2014, the targeted population is African-American Medicare patients with diabetes.

TMF recently conducted a successful diabetes education project called “Salud por Vida” focusing on the Hispanic and Native American populations in Texas. AADE in Practice magazine, a publication of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, recently published an article on the successful project.

Partnering organizations

Texas Diabetes Council
American Association of Diabetes Educators 
 Quality Improvement Organizations
Texas Department of State Health Services 

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