National Program Looking for Community Diabetes Trainers

Have you seen the effects of chronic illness up close? Do you want to be part of a nationwide effort to help people with diabetes feel better every day? Primaris and CLAIM have joined the national Health for Life, an Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative, and are seeking community partners to help teach diabetes self-management education classes in Missouri.

Diabetes is the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in adults, as well as a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. People with diabetes spend 2.3 times more on health care costs than others without the disease. Primaris and CLAIM will provide training for individuals and community partners interested in improving the quality of life for persons with diabetes.

Diabetes Self-management Education (DSME) is a proven intervention for empowering persons with diabetes to take an active role in managing their disease. It has been shown that DSME classes significantly reduce serious complications such as heart disease, amputations of lower limbs, kidney failure and blindness

Primaris and CLAIM will provide the training and provide the tools and resources for no charge to help community partners deliver these classes in settings where neighbors, relatives and friends can benefit. Once trained, partners will run a six-week series of classes with activities and exercises that help people understand how to make better lifestyle choices.

Contact Dorothy Andrae at 800-735-6776 x209 for more information and training locations near you.

Join us in the fight against diabetes. Together, we can save lives.


CLAIM is Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program and has been serving Missourians since 1993. The CLAIM program is funded by the state and a federal grant and trains local volunteers to answer questions about Medicare. CLAIM exists solely to provide Medicare beneficiaries with free, unbiased counseling for their Medicare questions and issues.

Primaris Foundation provides the services for the CLAIM program through a contract with the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP). Funding is provided by the Administration for Community Living with oversight by DIFP.

About Primaris
Primaris is a healthcare consulting firm that works with hospitals, physicians and nursing homes to drive better health outcomes, improved patient experiences and reduced costs. For more information, visit and follow @primaris_health.

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