Translate with Google:

Health for Life Network

An Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative

Network Overview

Unmanaged diabetes can have serious and debilitating consequences. It is the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in adults, and a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. The Health for Life diabetes initiative works with community partners and physicians to increase opportunities for Diabetes Self-management Education (DSME) among underserved populations. DSME training for persons with diabetes is a comprehensive program that teaches them how to improve their health, quality of life and avoid the complications of the disease.

A Community-Based Approach

Our Health for Life project, as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative, seeks community partners to help teach Diabetes Self-management Education (DSME) classes in underserved populations and help eliminate health disparities. African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as Caucasians.

By working with health care providers, practitioners, certified diabetes educators and community health workers, we seek to improve the quality of life for persons with diabetes by preventing and lessening the severity of complications resulting from the disease. The free DSME classes teach patients about, and assist them with, setting goals for proper nutrition, physical activity, regular check-ups with their physicians, glucose monitoring and consistent medication use.

This effort to affect the health of a population also incorporates sustainability – an independent life for the project. In that regard, we also train health care workers to be DSME educators. The training of additional DSME instructors, who are embedded in community health care, ensures the continuation and spread of diabetes education.

Why Participate?

Please join us in reducing disparities among underserved populations with diabetes. This initiative offers free tools and resources, webinars, conferences and recorded events that can help educators and physician practices better care for patients with diabetes.

Participation in this initiative, as a DSME provider or advocate, offers your organization additional benefits and opportunities at no cost, including:

  • Training on evidence-based diabetes curriculum
  • Education materials and program resources
  • Marketing of the DSME program and services
  • Support for existing community resources and relationships
  • Assistance with data collection and analysis
  • Assistance with obtaining accreditation for your diabetes program

Download this fact sheet (PDF) and view the following videos to learn more about this project.

Chronic Kidney Disease Project

Build on your diabetes management success and join the TMF Quality Innovation Network’s new campaign for kidney health. This Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Special Innovation Project works with providers, diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) trainers and patients to promote and increase early CKD screening and diagnosis.

Campaign for Kidney Health

Focus on Eye HealthNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month

Please click on the bar below to access valuable information about protecting your eye health.”

Join the Health for Life Network

All health care practitioners, diabetes educators and other stakeholders are encouraged to join our network to learn and share best practices for reaching out to people with diabetes and helping them improve their lives by learning how to manage the disease. To join, click here to create a free website account and follow the prompts to select the Health for Life – Everyone with Diabetes Counts Network.

Partnering organizations

Texas Diabetes Council
American Association of Diabetes Educators 
American Diabetes Association 
Texas Department of State Health Services 

Links to external sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of TMF Quality Innovation Network. In addition, these sites may not be accessible to persons with disabilities.

Everyone with Diabetes Counts

Quick Links

Download these resources to learn more about the Health for Life Network.

View resources for patients and families.

Contact Information

Contact Us
Health Disparities/Health for Life Diabetes Initiative
Fax: 877-889-1870

State Contacts

Julie Kettlewell
Arkansas State Program Director

Jo Nycum
Quality Specialist V


Trent E. DeVreugd, MHA


Phone: 816-516-3793

Puerto Rico
Giovanna Fox
Puerto Rico Program Director

Ilia Ferrer
Program Lead

Texas & Oklahoma
Brenda Ortiz
Program Manager


Heidi Turpin
Project Resource Consultant

Watch for your New Medicare Card

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe. New cards are being mailed to each beneficiary.

In the TMF region, Medicare is currently mailing new cards in Texas and New Mexico. Please keep an eye out for your new card in the mail.

For Medicare beneficiaries in Oklahoma and Arkansas, you should have already received your new cards. If not, please call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and Medicare will verify your identity and address, and help you get your new card.

Click here for more information from CMS:

Medicare Now Covering Diabetes Prevention Program

Protect Yourself, Tell Family and Friends about New Diabetes Prevention Program

Medicare recently began coverage of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for Medicare beneficiaries at risk of Type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, not many people know about the new program and how it can benefit their health and prevent diabetes. (Read more at New Medicare Perk For Diabetes Prevention Stumbles At Rollout, Kaiser Health News, April 19, 2018) Please find out if you are at risk and let your friends and loved ones know about the DPP. It can change your life and theirs. Do you know your risk for diabetes? Take the risk test. Go to to find out. If you are at risk for pre-diabetes or have been told you have pre-diabetes, look for the DPP near you.

Feb. 19, 2019 Webinar - Using data to identify disparities

Register today for this webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 2 - 3 p.m. CT, about using data to identify disparity populations and inequity trends. Participants will receive the basic information needed to use data and identify disparity populations and inequity trends through an S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) initiative. You will review S.M.A.R.T. principles as they pertain to changing and sustaining the culture to impact inequity trends, eliminate disparities and work with community to decrease readmissions.

Texas • Arkansas • Missouri • Oklahoma • Puerto Rico