Diabetes Self-Management Education

Telligen offers Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) classes in Colorado, Illinois and Iowa to people with Medicare diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes.

Living with Diabetes or Prediabetes

More than 30 million Americans are living with diabetes. Another 84 million are living with prediabetes – a serious health condition that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Telligen has partnered with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to bring the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) initiative to communities we serve. The EDC initiative offers diabetes education programs that teach participants to effectively self-manage their diabetes through nutrition, exercise, self-monitoring, diabetes medications and community resources and support. All at no cost!

Telligen uses two different DSME curricula: the Stanford University Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) model and the Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) from the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). Both programs cover the same topics. Participants learn:

  • Self-management skills, problem-solving techniques and how to create action plans.
  • Appropriate exercises to maintain and improve strength and endurance.
  • How to count carbohydrates, read labels and plan meals.
  • Why it’s important to follow medication regimens and actively manage one’s healthcare.
  • How to engage with healthcare providers and partner with one’s healthcare team.
  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of chronic disease, fatigue, pain, depression and stress.

Find a No-Cost Diabetes Workshop Near You

Diabetes Self Management Education Classes in Colorado:
Telligen proudly supports the statewide Self-Management Colorado Collaborative efforts to build sustainable DSMP education opportunities in Colorado communities. Click on this link to find classes near you. If there are no scheduled classes near you, contact us and we will gladly consider bringing a class to your community.

Diabetes Self Management Education Classes in Illinois:
Telligen has partnered with organizations with proven histories in providing Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) classes throughout Illinois and proudly supports the collaborative effort to build sustainable DSME opportunities in local communities. Follow this link to find evidence-based self-management class opportunities near you. Every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to noon, Telligen offers classes at Kroc Salvation Army Community Center at 1250 W. 119th Street Chicago IL. Contact Merle Shapera at 708-415-2693 if interested.

Diabetes Self Management Education Classes in Iowa:
Telligen has teamed up with communities throughout Iowa to offer a diabetes education program. The program consists of six classes that are 1 1/2  hours. These classes are free of charge! As an incentive, graduates will receive tools to support the new lifestyle and self-management skills they learned in class. Telligen knows making life changes can be difficult – the goal of these classes is to make small change for big rewards! Follow this link to find classes near you.

Success Story

Telligen was honored for its DSME program at the Heroes Dinner at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago. The Kroc Center hosts free DSME classes every Tuesday as part of Telligen’s work with the Everyone with Diabetes Counts program.


Read the full story here.

Contact Information

To sign up for a class or to learn more, contact your Telligen representative. Telligen is here to help you manage your diabetes one step at a time.


Colorado | Illinois | Iowa

Meredith Koob


Prevalence of Diabetes

Nearly 26 percent of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes. Read more...

Everyone With Diabetes Counts

Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) is a national initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more...

Contact Information

Want to learn more about DSME near you? Contact your Telligen representative.

Meredith Koob