Annual DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge Entry
© 2008 Shelley R. Robbins, PhD June 2008
The mission of
is1) To use technology in a new way that enables and supports a healthy and successful lifefor diabetics by making diabetes PERSONAL. By combining synchronous andasynchronous e-learning technologies, DT enables advanced e-learning, individual andgroup coaching, peer coaching, peer-led success groups, and facilitator/coach training.2) To provide coaching and other services which are based on theories of PositivePsychology (Seligman, 2002), and Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change(Prochaska, DiClemente,& Norcross (1992), Self-efficacy and advocacy, which can leadto the behavior changes we want and build resilience and strength.3) To make services available anytime/anywhere to help us through whatever situationslife throws at us, and to give us the skills to embrace diabetes using our strengths anddeveloping resilience.4) Think WeightWatchers® and PeerTrainer and Meetup.com for the diabetes community.PWD’s can attend groups in their communities that are led by trained facilitators. Theylearn skills to help them live successfully with diabetes in a supportive setting. Meetingsinclude the most up to date science-based information, nutrition, exercise, goal-setting,motivation tips, and other success-strategies. In between meetings, members can signup to work individually with coaches, or can link with peers to provide continued supportthrough social networks.
provides what the health system can’t do-- focus on a support-based,wellness model that supports PWD to achieve a healthy and happy life.NOTE: This program is not a substitute for medical care or basic diabetes education provided byhealth care systems and Certified Diabetes Educators. It is intended to enhance and support thesuccess of diabetics in daily life. It is a community-based model (real time and e-community) thatis not affiliated with a single health care system, and intended to support diabetics as an adjunctto the care of medical professionals.
solves everyday problems and improves life for PWD’sSusan, an adult T2,
has been to diabetes educators and nutritionists. She visits her Dr. regularlyand her A1c has been going up. She knows just what she is supposed to do, what she shouldeat, that she should test regularly, but she just doesn’t. She knows it time to do something, butwhere to start? She logs on to
and decides to sign up and register online for individual coaching. Prior to her session, she reviews the material in the resourcecenter, takes some surveys to help her determine what her strengths are, and considers whatgoals she wants to set with her coach. At the prearranged time, she and her coach talk on thephone, work together to set goals for healthy behaviors, and look at what’s getting in the way.She uses her strengths to help her be successful at daily living, gains more understanding of what trips her up, and feels confident she can do what she needs to. At subsequent sessions,Susan modifies her goals as she makes progress on existing ones. The coach is there to be her cheerleader and thinking partner.
Mike, a teen T1,
has just gotten a pump. His Dr. and CDE think he might want to connect withother teens with pumps. He logs in and signs up for a peer coach, who has received training incoaching via an online and telephone-based class. His peer-coach, Tony, is also a teen T1pumper, and he and Mike meet together in a private chat room, both real time andasynchronously. While Mike got the technical information on his pump from his CDE, Tony helpsMike learn what it’s really like to be pumping, and encourages Mike to ask lots of questions, anddirects him to some good online resources. Being part of the peer coaching process gives Mikethe confidence he needs, and he decides he wants to take part in peer coach training next year.
knows how to use email and surf the net, and has tried some online forums, but when itcomes to helping her manage her challenges in daily living, she likes the support of meeting with