About DSMP

What is Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)?

The DSMP workshop is given 2.5 hours once a week for six weeks, in community settings including churches, libraries, universities and hospitals. People with type 2 diabetes, caregivers, and prediabetics attend the workshop in groups of 12-16 participants. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter by creating and carrying out their self-management program. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained Leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves.


  • DSMP workshops Include:
  • 6 week workshop (typically free!)
  • Held once a week for 2.5 hours
  • Class size is typically 12-18 participants
  • One or both of the facilitators have diabetes/ are diabetic
  • Established curriculum that is very interactive
  • Located in a community setting such as senior center, church, library or hospital

Topics covered include:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms and emotional problems of diabetes
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Working more effectively with health care providers


How was the program developed?

The original DSMP was developed in Spanish. After successful outcomes were noted, the model was developed for English-speakers. Some of the significant results include improvement with:

  • Depression
  • Symptoms of hypoglycemia
  • Communication with physician
  • Healthy eating
  • Reading food labels