Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Diabetes Education Recognition Program

South Dakota law provides health insurance coverage for diabetes equipment, supplies and self-management education, including medical nutrition therapy. Education must be provided by a physician, nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or other licensed provider who meets the eligibility requirements of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Programs must be recognized by South Dakota Department of Health, the American Diabetes Association, or the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Information regarding each of these programs can be accessed at the bottom of the page. Application packets for the SD Diabetes Education Recognition Program (DERP) are available below. Programs seeking recognition should fill out the Initial DERP Application Packet.


Diabetes Self-Management Education
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) is a key step in improving health outcomes and quality of life for people with diabetes. DSME focuses on self-care behaviors such as healthy eating, being active, and monitoring blood sugar. It is a collaborative process in which diabetes educators help people with diabetes gain the knowledge and problem-solving and coping skills needed to successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. DSME prevents complications and hospitalizations. Every $1 invested in such training can cut health care costs by up to $8.76. (Source: Preventing Chronic Disease: Investing Wisely in Health)

  • In 2007, 66.4% of surveyed South Dakotans with diabetes reported they had taken a course to learn about diabetes self care. Participation in a course is up from 2000, when 58.7% had done so. 
  • A Healthy People 2010 objective is to Increase the proportion of persons with diabetes who receive formal diabetes education. 

BRFSS Respondents Who Had Taken a DSME Course, 2000-2007

Diabetes Self Management Graph

Measurable behavior change is the desired outcome of diabetes education. The American Association of Diabetes Educators believes that behavior change can be most effectively achieved using the AADE Self-Care Behaviors framework. The 7 self-care behaviors are healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping. Click here for a description of each behavior for patients and healthcare professionals.

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