Diabetes Self-Management and Education Program (DSMEP)
D.M.S.E.P goal is to improve the diabetes management and diabetes outcomes of uninsured diabetic Latino patients whose uncontrolled blood sugar levels pose a major threat to their health.
The Health Scholars DSMEP operates through the UC Irvine Outreach Clinic located at Lestonnac Free Clinic in the city of Orange, Orange County, CA. DSMEP is coordinated by Health Scholars volunteers and UC Irvine medical students.
DSMEP is an eight-month program that meets one Saturday per month from October to May. There are approximately 12 patients and 12 Health Scholars who are trained as case managers. To date, over 40 patients have been served.
Patients are partnered with a case manager for the eight months and get one-on-one counseling from the case manager in class and over the phone. Case managers facilitate patients’ physician’s appointments and assist patients in connecting with resources.