The Diabetes Center located in the Mississippi County Health Department is a self-management education center. Our mission is to provide education with an emphasis on preventative care to those diagnosed with diabetes. The team of instructors delivers comprehensive education through group classes and/or individual instruction. Our staff is dedicated to providing quality services to help individuals with diabetes and their families understand the disease and learn to manage it so they can lead healthy, active lives. Services of the Diabetes Center are free of charge and include:
Blood Sugar Testing
Blood sugar testing is available on a daily basis. No appointment is necessary.
Hemoglobin A1C Testing
Hemoglobin A1C testing is available on a daily basis.This test can tell you your average blood sugar for the past 2-3 months. It is recommended that all diabetes have their A1C tested every 3 months.
Diabetes Self-Management Classes
Diabetes self-management education classes are offered in which the following topics are discussed: overview of diabetes, dietary management, role of exercise, diabetes medications, blood sugar monitoring, prevention of complications, stress management, and goal setting. Participants who attend this six week workshop will receive a Living a Healthy Life book as well as other incentives. Class size is limited and you must register to attend. Please contact Barbara or Courtney at 417-699-8470
One-on-one counseling is provided to customize education for each person with diabetes. A registered dietitian will conduct an assessment to determine nutritional needs and develop an individualized meal plan. Other special needs related to diabetes self-management are addressed.
Community Outreach Programs
Community outreach programs are conducted in accessible locations throughout the county. The programs include a presentation on various topics related to diabetes, education materials, and blood glucose screening. Call the Diabetes Center to schedule an outreach program for your group or organization.
Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Our next Diabetes Self Management Workshop is Tuesday, January 10th at the Scott County Health Department. We will not have class on 2/14/16 but will resume class on 2/21/16. Please contact us to register for the class.