The goal of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Program is to improve outcomes for women who have pregnancies affected by diabetes. The program is an associate program of the SSEP Sweet Success Program and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as meeting the standards for diabetes self-management education. Diabetes Educators provide educational, nutritional and emotional resources to support the expectant mother and baby throughout the pregnancy and immediate postpartum experience. Blood glucose values are reviewed one to two times per week depending on the blood glucose values by our maternal fetal specialists and treatment is adjusted as needed. Most insurance plans are accepted to ensure that all women, regardless of their financial circumstances, have access to diabetes education and management. Education provided is respectful of cultural preferences and learning needs.
The staff of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Program are experienced and have a passion for teaching diabetes education. The following are some qualifications and achievements of various team members: certification in diabetes education, first certified diabetes nurse educator in Hawaii, founding members of the Hawaii Association of Diabetes Educators, board certification in perinatal nursing, masters level education, Hawaii Association of Diabetes Educators Diabetes Educator of the Year Award, American Association of Diabetes Educators Diabetes Educator of the Year Award, Hawaii Association of Diabetes Educators Legislative Leadership Award, Hawaii State Department of Health Employee of the Year Award, diabetes research experience, former national board member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, former board member of the American Diabetes Association, Hawaii Chapter, and currently members of the Hawaii Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. Tagalog, Ilocano and Korean speaking educators are available.
The staff :
Alice Toguchi-Matsuo, RD, MPH, CDE coordinator
Marie Robello, RN, BSN, CDE
Alice Taniguchi, RN, MPH, CDE
Roberta Thompkins, RN, BC, CDE
Lisa Morita, RD, CDE
Kathy Price, RD, CDE
Sheryl Yoshimura, RD, MPH, CDE
Lisa Tam, BS, Administrative and Education Assistant
Carolyn Supnet, Administrative Assistant