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New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes is an on-line resource that uses stories about African Americans with diabetes to help group leaders lead discussions about the emotional side of living with diabetes, and help people with diabetes identify family and social support needs and develop goal setting, positive coping and problem solving skills. New Beginnings can be used to supplement diabetes self-management education sessions and in diabetes support groups.

New Beginnings resources include:

Promotional Tools

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Use these tools to promote New Beginnings in your community, and to people with diabetes and their families.


Managing the Emotional Impact of Diabetes Audio Program

The New Beginnings audio program gives group leaders a basic overview of the issues addressed in New Beginnings discussions including:

  1. Emotional impact of diabetes
  2. Role of family and social support in diabetes self-management
  3. Cultural considerations when addressing psychosocial and family support issues in people with diabetes.

This program has been approved for CNE, CEU, and CECH credit. Click here to access the programs. This activity is provided through CDC TRAIN, a learning resource for public health professionals and an affiliate of the Public Health Foundation Training Finder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN). This program has been approved for CNE, CEU, and CECH credit. Visit the registration page for more information about continuing education.



Diabetes, Distress and Depression: Incorporating the Emotional Side of Diabetes in Clinical Care

Diabetes and depression have been associated with poor self-management behavior and poor clinical outcomes. However many unanswered questions remain about the links between diabetes and depression, leaving diabetes educators and clinicians struggling to find effective strategies to address these issues in their practices. What if our symptom-based approach to diagnosing depression in people with diabetes is too narrow? During this podcast, Dr. Lawrence Fisher invites clinicians to consider the broader construct of emotional distress which takes into account the context of living with diabetes including its management, other life stresses, and other contributors that can impact emotional well-being. Dr. Fisher will explore the construct of emotional distress, and suggest strategies for integrating the emotional side of diabetes into regular diabetes care. This approach can reduce confusion between depression and distress so that appropriate and targeted patient-centered interventions can occur.

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