The rate of diabetes is rising in Utah. For those already living with diabetes, management of diabetes is key to assuring people are living healthy lives. We have two Driving Out Diabetes -  Innovation in Clinical Care programs to support the health individuals living with diabetes. The Intensive Diabetes Education and Support (IDEAS) Program is focused on providing individuals and their care partners with the tools they need to be successful in managing diabetes. The Complications Program is focused on early detection of eye and vascular disease. Our unique programs are designed with the patient in mind.


Intensive Diabetes Education and Support (IDEAS) Program

University of Utah Health’s Intensive Diabetes Education and Support (IDEAS) Program gives people with diabetes the tools they need to successfully manage their diabetes.

A Comprehensive Diabetes Education and Care Program

This unique program offers personalized care as well as diabetes education in a small group setting. We use a team approach to help you develop a personalized plan to achieve your diabetes goals. Our program is designed to support individuals who have a new diagnosis of diabetes and those who have had diabetes for many years.

Some of the activities you will be a part of include the following:

  • Meet with a nurse practitioner or physician, diabetes educators, and social worker to establish your diabetes treatment goals
  • Review the latest diabetes medications and technology
  • Receive exercise and nutrition education with personalized recommendations that fit your health needs and goals
  • Discuss coping with diabetes

Who Can Enroll?

Anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can enroll in our program. We have a limited number of spots per session (eight to ten people).  We encourage you to attend with a care partner (like a family member or friend).

Diabetes Complications Program

Individuals with diabetes are at a high risk for developing eye, foot and vascular complications. The Diabetes Complications Program provides retinal and vascular testing to identify early stage eye and vascular complications. Eye testing is completed using state of the art fundus photography. Vascular testing is completed using an ankle brachial index. Each test takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Early detection of diabetes complications can allow for early treatment, slowing the progression of diabetes complications and improving quality of life. This unique program is offered at the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center in partnership with Moran Eye Center and University of Utah Department of Vascular Surgery.

Who Performs the Tests?

A trained Medical Assistant performs the fundus photography. A registered vascular technician performs the vascular test.

Who Can be Tested?

Anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can be tested if they meet certain criteria.

Fundus Eye Photography Criteria (must have 1 of the following):

  • Has not had an eye exam for over a year
  • Vision changes or new floaters or flashes

Vascular Testing Criteria (must have at least 2 of the following):

  • 50 years old or older
  • Non-healing wounds on the feet or legs
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • History of smoking

To see if you qualify for testing within the Diabetes Complication Program, please contact Julie Neuberger (contact info here).

How to Enroll

To enroll in the program or for more information, call or email:

Julie Neuberger, Program Coordinator