CHER Diabetes Education Center Receives ADA Recognition

March 30, 2010
Spokane, WA

The CHER Diabetes Education Center has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for offering high-quality education services to patients, one of only two programs in the region to receive this recognition. The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. The comprehensive diabetes education offered through the CHER Diabetes Education Center is taught by registered nurses and dietitians who are certified diabetes educators. Designed for individuals with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes, services cover such topics as behavior change, blood glucose monitoring, diabetes medications, insulin management, meal planning and physical activity.

“The CHER Diabetes Education Center is proud to receive this recognition from the American Diabetes Association,” said Jennifer Polello, program manager for the Center. “This gives us a national standard by which to measure the quality of service we are providing to patients and ensures that every patient is receiving the best possible education resources.”

According to the ADA, there are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States—7.8% of the population who have diabetes. The ADA Education Recognition effort was begun in 1986 to assure that approved education programs, such as the CHER Diabetes Education Center, provide the education that patients need to effectively self-manage their diabetes with the help of their health care team. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

For more information on the CHER Diabetes Education Center and services offered in the community, visit For more information on the ADA and the Education Recognition Certificate, visit

CHER is a service of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). INHS is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Valley Hospital & Medical Center, and the community. Other INHS services include St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Information Resource Management, Northwest MedStar, Health Training Network, health@work, Northwest TeleHealth, and the INHS Center of Philanthropy. For more information, visit 



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