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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Education and Support

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) services help people with diabetes learn how to take the best care of themselves. Ask your doctor for a referral to DSMES services to help you manage your diabetes.

How will DSMES help me?

When you learn that you have diabetes, your first question might be, “What can I eat?” DSMES will answer this question and many others. Your first step should be ask your doctor to refer you for DSMES. If your doctor does not talk to you about these services, bring it up during your visit.

DSMES services include a health care team who will teach you how to stay healthy and how to make what you learn a regular part of your life.

DSMES services will help you:

  • Make better decisions about your diabetes.
  • Work with your health care team to get the support you need.
  • Understand how to take care of yourself and learn the skills to:
    • Eat healthy.
    • Be active.
    • Check your blood sugar (glucose).
    • Take your medicine.
    • Solve problems.
    • Cope with the emotional side of diabetes.
    • Reduce your risk of other health problems.

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Diabetes Education and Support

Visit the AADE websiteexternal icon to learn more about diabetes educators and DSMES.

Find a Diabetes Education Program in Your Areaexternal icon

Why is DSMES important?

  • People who have the knowledge and support to manage their diabetes are healthier than those who do not.
  • Learning how to control your diabetes will save money and time, and help you have fewer emergency and hospital visits.
  • Knowing how and when to take your medication, how to monitor your blood sugar (glucose), and how to take care of yourself, helps you manage your diabetes better.
  • Managing your diabetes will help you avoid or delay serious health complications.
  • The skills you learn will help you take better care of yourself. Diabetes management starts with you.

It’s important to go for DSMES services when you first find out you have diabetes so you can learn how to take care of yourself. However, there are three other times DSMES can help you. Read about them in the table below.

When Do You Need DSMES?
When Do You Need DSMES? Why?
When you first find out that you have diabetes When you’re first diagnosed, you may not know where to begin. DSMES can give you the information and support to start managing your diabetes.
During yearly follow-up visits with your doctor Check on your progress and get help to prevent complications.
When new situations affect the way you take care of yourself New events or conditions in your life can affect your diabetes. Examples include diagnosis of a new health condition, a change in your mobility, depression, or money problems.
When other life changes occur that affect the way you take care of yourself Major life changes can affect your diabetes. Examples of life changes include a change in your living situation, your doctors or insurance plan, or your job.

How can I find DSMES services?

Your doctor may give you a referral to a specific program and a number to call. If your doctor doesn’t refer you to specific services, go to the Find a Diabetes Education Program in Your Areaexternal icon website. This website lists DSMES services recognized by the American Diabetes Association or accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Will my insurance cover the cost of these services?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover up to 10 hours of diabetes education the first year of diagnosis. After the first year, your coverage may be different. Contact your insurance provider for more information.

Who is my health care team?

Your health care team includes diabetes educators—such as, doctors, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and other health can providers—who have special training and experience. Your health care team will help you learn how to take care of yourself and manage your diabetes.

Where can I learn more about DSMES?

Visit the American Association of Diabetes Educatorsexternal icon website to learn more about what a diabetes educator and DSMES can do for you.

Related information

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Toolkit
This toolkit provides resources and tools to assist state health departments and their partners in planning and implementing activities to increase the use of DSMES programs, focusing on access, health care provider referrals, and reimbursement.

Page last reviewed: May 30, 2019


Electronic Cigarettes

Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.



What‘s the bottom line?
  • E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.
  • If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start.
  • Additional research can help understand long-term health effects.
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City of Hurley Manganese Testing

The City of Hurley is continuing to cooperatively work with The City of Ironwood, Iron County Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, The Wisconsin Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, and the Michigan Department, Great Lakes, and Energy to investigate potential manganese levels in homes.

The City of Hurley currently obtains water from the City of Ironwood, which initially began to investigate potential elevated manganese levels in the water system earlier this month.

During the first round of manganese testing the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department initially sampled the feed point to the City of Hurley, WI (located on Silver Street at the Montreal River Bridge), the feed point measured 45 ppb (parts per billion).

Additionally, the City of Hurley Public Works in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Iron County Health Department sampled the feed point to Hurley after the recent fire in downtown Ironwood.  These results read at 76 ppb (parts per billion).

Results from both testing done were under the EPA advisory level of 300 parts per billion for children under 12 months of age.  As a precautionary measure the City of Hurley Public Works Department, Iron County Health Department, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be doing additional sampling sites from other locations throughout the City of Hurley.

The advisory for infants less than 12 months continues to remain in effect until additional samples are analyzed and results are available.  Bottled water remains available at the Hurley Police Department (HPD) located at 405 5th Ave N. Hours of pick-up at HPD will be Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm.  Water is also available at the Ironwood Public Safety Office located 123 West McLeod Avenue.  The pickup hours will be Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm.


For more information about manganese and your health, Hurley residents can contact the Iron County Health Department at 715-561-2191 or the City of Hurley Public Works Department at 715-561-4715 from 8am-4pm.






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The Iron County Wisconsin Health Department is here to serve the residents of Iron County Wisconsin by promoting health, protecting the enviroment, and preventing disease and injury.





Office Information

Department Head: Katie Hampston, BSN, RN
502 Copper Street
Suite 2
Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2191
Toll Free: 888-561-2191
Fax: 715-561-2836
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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