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The Diabetes Education Center

Florida Department of Health in Flagler County

The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County is proud to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program, the Diabetes Self-Management Program, and the Gestational Diabetes Program locally to benefit those affected by diabetes and help prevent others from developing the disease.

Through its Diabetes Education Center, the department improves access to diabetes education for residents through counseling; prevention, self-management and gestational diabetes classes; and insulin and Sharps disposal programs.

To enroll in the National Diabetes Prevention Program contact Melody Pierre-Jean at 386-313-7264.

To enroll in the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program contact Alana Shawah at 386-313-7263 or email at

Current offerings include:

  • National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)

The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County is offering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and is enrolling participants for this free program. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight which reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with pre-diabetes. The program consists of 16 weekly sessions followed by at least 6 monthly maintenance sessions. Our program is listed in CDC’s Registry of Recognized Programs and is pending recognition, programs that are recognized or pending recognition by the CDC have shown they provide quality services that maintain evidence base practices.

For more information or to register for the program contact Melody PierreJean at 386-313-7264.

  • Diabetes Self - Management Education (DSME)

Studies show that people who learn more about diabetes, have improved blood glucose levels, are better controlled, reduce their risk of complications and improve their quality of life.  The Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) is for individuals that have been diagnosed with diabetes. DSME consists of 10 hours of individualized instruction provided by a healthcare professional such as a nurse or dietitian who has received continuing education in diabetes. Topics covered include healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring blood sugar, taking medication, problem-solving, healthy coping and reducing risks. The goals of DSME are to increase participants’ knowledge, improve blood sugar control, reduce complications and promote health and wellbeing.

For more information, or if you or someone you know is interested in enrolling, please contact Alana Shawah 386-313-7263.

  • Gestational Diabetes Education

Gestational diabetes Education requires physician referral.  Registered dietitians cover topics such as overview of gestational diabetes, blood glucose monitoring, nutrition counseling, insulin instruction and post-pregnancy care.

For more information or to register for this program please contact Alana Shawah at 386-313-7263.

  • Community Education (Community Glucose Screening)

Presentations on special topics related to chronic disease prevention and management offered on a quarterly basis.

  • Corporate Wellness

We provide employers with biometric screenings for their employees to comply with worksite wellness initiatives as well as provide disease management education and prevention opportunities.

  • Insulin Program

Three types of insulin (billed on a sliding scale) are available at the Health Department: Humulin Reg, Humulin N, and Humulin 70/30. (Insulin home delivery may be available from the pharmacy.)

Call for more information 386-437-7350, ext. 7087.

  • Sharps Disposal Program

Flagler residents may safely dispose of biohazardous medical waste, such as insulin syringes and disposable lancets, by dropping their Sharps container at the Florida Department of Health Flagler. Replacement containers cost $5 (large) and $3 (small).

Call for more information 386-437-7358.

Hours of Operation 

Diabetes Services Program’s hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-Ins are welcome. Consultations during alternate hours are possible with an appointment. Please contact our staff at:

Florida Department of Health in Flagler County
120 Airport Road (Second Floor)
Palm Coast, Florida 32164
386-313-7263 or 386-313-7264