Diabetes Education
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Diabetes Education

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About CMH Diabetes Education

Each year, it’s estimated that 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with Diabetes. While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be managed.  If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this chronic disease, CMH’s Astoria diabetes support groups and treatment experts are here to help.  Our goal is to become your trusted care partner and resource to support you in your journey to live a long and healthful life with diabetes.

Whether yours is a new diagnosis or you’ve been living with diabetes for some time, the CMH Diabetes Education program aims to arm people throughout the Astoria area with diabetes treatment information that can help you manage, prevent or delay some of the serious health problems that diabetes can cause. CMH Diabetes Education in Astoria offers diabetes support groups and individual appointments. Many people are referred to Diabetes Education by their doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant; however, a referral by a health professional is not necessary. To learn more about the CMH Diabetes Education program, and how to participate, call 503-338-4012.

Learning to Manage Diabetes

Like other chronic conditions, living with diabetes can affect many parts of daily life.  Understanding how to control your blood sugar is one of the most important things you can do to live well with diabetes. CMH Diabetes Education caregivers here in Astoria offer diabetes support groups and treatment information that will help you fully understand your condition and teach you the skills you need to manage your diabetes, successfully, including:

  • Monitoring your blood sugar
  • Taking diabetes medication
  • Improving your eating habits
  • Managing stress and emotions
  • Exercising for wellbeing
  • Preventing complications

Classes and Support Groups

While your health insurance may cover the cost of some services, it is best to contact your insurance carrier directly to find out.  You may also call 503-338-4012 and we can help to verify your coverage.

  • One-on-One Classes: Meet with a registered dietitian, registered nurse and/or a certified diabetes educator to learn the skills you need to manage diabetes.
  • Diabetes Self-Management Classes: Diabetes educators and dietitians lead four-week long group classes for adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. These classes provide in-depth information on healthy eating, monitoring and understanding blood sugars, coping strategies, and risk reduction. Before starting the class, you will meet with the nurse and dietitian. The series of four classes is offered about 8 times per year both during the day and in the evening.
  • Diabetes Support Group: Join the diabetes support group at our Astoria clinic for regular, on-going education and support. We cover topics that affect your health and quality of life, including traveling with diabetes, medication interaction, maintaining healthy feet, preserving your vision, and more. No referral or advance registration is required.
  • Training on Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM): Call 503-338-4012 for details.

Meet the Team

Vann Lovett

Vann Lovett, MPH, RD, LD Registered/Licensed Dietitian


Melissa Morris, RD, LD, CDE Certified Diabetes Educator Registered/Licensed Dietitian

Arna Vanebo, MS, RD, LD Registered/Licensed Dietitian











Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Do I need a referral from my doctor?click to open

Q: Can I bring someone with me to my appointment or to classes?click to open

Q: How can I prepare for my diabetes education appointment?click to open

Q: Will my insurance pay for a diabetes education appointment?click to open

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