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Diabetes Self-Management Education

Empowered to Succeed


The DEEP program, developed by the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago uses peer educators to engage community residents in self-management practices for the prevention and control of diabetes. The program is intended to be executed in-person using adult facilitation techniques. Ayers & Associates, LLC, working with the UIC, has successfully adapted the curriculum to be used on videoconferencing platforms during the COVID19 pandemic.

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This 6-week online workshop is ideal for individuals with ongoing and persistent health conditions. The workshop is designed to help people feel better, manage symptoms, and gain confidence in their ability to lead active and purposeful lives.


Participants join a workshop of 25 to 30 other people with long-term health conditions and can expect the workshop to begin within 1 to 2 weeks after signing up. At their convenience, participants access weekly lessons that support them with healthy eating, exercise planning, communication skills, dealing with frustration, fatigue, and pain, making informed treatment decisions and other disease-related problem solving.


Trained facilitators guide participants in setting small, achievable goals with an Action Planning tool. Participants in the workshop receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions and access to the program’s alumni community upon completion.

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