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Community Resources

Suburban Hospital collaborates with different physicians, nurses and organizations to help the community access the best outpatient diabetes resources. From support group meetings, one-on-one consultations, and self-management classes, Suburban offers a diverse list of diabetes education programs designed to empower and support a healthy lifestyle. Programs listed below require advance registration (unless otherwise noted). Visit the calendar of events to view class offering dates, times and to register. 

Suburban Community Resources

Diabetes Symposium

A platform to learn innovative concepts and findings from leading experts in diabetes management and treatment. Offered in the spring.

Diabetes Self-Management Programs

Pre-Diabetes Action Class: Laying the Foundation

Learn how diabetes progresses and what essential lifestyle modifications can slow or prevent the onset of diabetes. This class is ideal for anyone diagnosed with pre-diabetes or at-risk of developing diabetes because of family or personal health history. 

  • Offered quarterly at Suburban Hospital
  • 1.5 hour class 
  • Fee: $20/person

Diabetes Fine-Tuning

A free education service that connects people living with diabetes with a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).  Schedule a personal phone consultation with a CDE to customize and develop strategies to live well with diabetes. This free service gives you the opportunity to ask questions, discuss concerns and connect to resources that can aid with self-management.

Diabetes A-Z

Good diabetes care takes a team. A multi-disciplinary team from Suburban Hospital will discuss all the basics for effective diabetes self-management: carbohydrate counting, managing and preventing complications, and understanding medications.

Healthier Living: Diabetes Self-Management Program  (DSMP)

An evidence-based program designed by The Stanford Patient Education Research Center Stanford Program. This six-week workshop has helped many people living with diabetes by empowering and giving them control to better manage their diabetes. Workshop cover, techniques to deal with fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration.

  • Offered twice a year
  • Small group format
  • 2.5 hours per session |1 session per week 
  • Free

Thrive 365: Monthly Diabetes Meetings

Facilitated by a Certified Diabetes Educator, the monthly meetings feature guest speakers discussing a variety of topics important for living well with diabetes. Learn strategies, exchange information, and get the support you need to thrive 365 days-a-year.  

  • Meets monthly, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Free and open-to-all
  • Open to family members and caregivers

Diabetes Support Groups

JDRF Peer Support Group- Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)

Designed for people living with T1D or parents with a child with T1D.  Participants are encouraged to bring questions or topics for discussion. Meetings are informal. Parents are welcome to bring children and teenagers. Childcare is not available. 

  • Meets the 4th Wed. of most months 
  • 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

​​Diabetes Support Group Meetings 

Designed to provide the latest self-management strategies, resources and information. Meetings facilitated by certified diabetes educators. Registration is not required. 

Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center - Wheaton, MD
3rd Wed. of the month | 12:45-1:45 p.m. 
Holiday Park Senior Center - Silver Spring, MD
4th Wed. of the month |12:30-1:30 p.m.  

Mobile Med/NIH Endocrine Clinic at Suburban Hospital- Low Cost Medical Care

On July 2010, Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, inaugurated the MobileMed/NIH Endocrine Clinic at Suburban Hospital. Located in Bethesda, Md., the clinic draws expertise and resources from Mobile Medical Care, Inc., The National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, and Suburban Hospital to create the first endocrine treatment center in the county for low-income and uninsured Montgomery County residents.

One night per week, volunteer endocrinologists, dieticians, nurses, and administrators from the three partner organizations, donate their time so that qualifying patients have access to the very best comprehensive endocrine care, from diagnostic tests to treatment and nutrition counseling, without the financial burden. To learn more, contact Mobile Medical Care, Inc.