Diabetes management support program launches

April 11, 2022

GRANDE PRAIRIE – Residents in northern Alberta who live with diabetes are invited to participate in a new, free, telephone-based Alberta Health Services (AHS) program designed to help them develop skills to manage their diabetes.

The Diabetes Self-Management Health Coaching Program connects participants with a volunteer health coach once a week by telephone for three months. Participants will work with their assigned health coach to learn and develop skills to manage their diabetes.

Participants will work with their coach to set goals and learn problem-solving skills. Participants will also receive a chronic conditions resource book, which offers tools, tips, strategies, and additional diabetes management information.

Volunteer coaches have lived experience in managing chronic conditions. They are trained to help participants work through challenges, and set and achieve goals to manage their diabetes. Coaches do not have medical training and will not be providing medical advice.

Conversations between coaches and participants occur in a safe and confidential manner.

Weekly coaching support is in addition to health recommendations participants may receive from their healthcare provider. To register for this program, or to inquire about becoming a volunteer coach, please call 1-877-349-5711.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.