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Diabetes Education Program

The Tséhootsooí Medical Center Diabetes Program, alongside Nahata’Dzill Health Center, is committed to helping you gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive with diabetes.

We provide guidance and counseling to patients diagnosed with diabetes or at an increased risk of diabetes. We also work with your provider and the interdisciplinary care team to provide you with quality care. Our program is accredited by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists.


  • One-on-one outpatient education & counseling
  • Group classes (limited due to COVID-19)
  • Inpatient education & counseling
  • Case management
  • Meter trouble shooting (battery, error codes)
  • Referrals to other departments requires provider’s consent
  • Community outreach (limited due to COVID-19)

Topics We May Discuss

  • Managing low or high blood sugars
  • Meter log review & self-blood sugar monitoring
  • Using a glucometer
  • Standards of diabetes care
  • Healthy coping
  • Medications
  • Skin and foot care
  • Importance of physical activity and healthy eating
  • Sick-day management
  • Cholesterol monitoring
  • Kidney function
  • Blood Pressure
  • And so much more!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I get referred to the diabetes program?

Your doctor or primary care provider can refer you. Ask them for a referral.

When should I talk with a diabetes educator?
  • At diagnosis or if you have never taken part in a diabetes education program.
  • Every year.
  • When it’s harder to manage diabetes, such as changes in access to food or money, you are stressed or anxious about your numbers, when new health issues come up, when starting a new diabetes medication, during big changes in life (changes in living situation, divorce, death of a family member).
  • When diabetes-related complications happen.
Can my family member or friend attend my appointment?

Always feel free to bring someone with you to your appointments. A family member or friend can help ask questions, remember the information your care team gives you, and provide support.

How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?

Please call our office receptionist at (928) 729-8467 to cancel or reschedule your appointment. They are available Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.

What other diabetes-related services are offered at TMC?

As a patients diagnosed with diabetes, you should be provided with information to improve your health. TMC offers access to a dietitian to help you manage food, a clinical pharmacist to help you manage your medications, and a diabetes educator to help you understand diabetes and manage your blood sugar.

Are services offered at Nahata’ Dziil Health Center?

Yes, there is a full-time diabetes educator and part-time nursing assistant.

What’s the difference between managed and unmanaged diabetes?

Managed diabetes is when you have an A1c below 7% for most people and working with your provider to keep you healthy. Unmanaged diabetes is when your A1c is above 8% and you are not participating in your healthcare.