Family Health Centers of San Diego Recognized for High-Quality Diabetes Education and Patient Support Services

August 8, 2019 – SAN DIEGO, Calif., The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for quality diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) service was awarded to Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) in July 2019. The ADA believes that FHCSD offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. The DSMES Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007, 2012 and 2017.

DSMES services apply for recognition voluntarily. Services that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “This process has given our organization a national standard by which to measure the quality of services we provide to our patients,” comments Luis Rodriguez, Director of Patient Care Support Services, FHCSD. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report, there are 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation. About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 18 years or older in 2015. Diabetes continues to be the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

About The American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, people with diabetes and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association continues to support people affected by diabetes nationwide.

For more information on Recognized education services in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call the ADA office at 1-800-DIABETE (342-2383) or contact the ADA online at

About Family Health Centers of San Diego

Family Health Centers of San Diego has been an integral part of San Diego County’s health care safety net for nearly five decades and is proud to be one of the largest, private, nonprofit networks of community clinics in the nation. FHCSD’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. More information is available at