Clinical Programs

The U-M Pediatric Diabetes team offers comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and resources to help children with diabetes live long, productive lives. Our diabetes program is one of the largest established programs in Michigan. We provide outpatient care for diabetes at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and at satellite clinics at the Northville Health Center and in Grand Rapids.


We care for children from newborn through the young adult years, tailoring treatment plans to each individual and their personal needs and lifestyle. We offer a range of diabetes management therapies, including insulin pump or injection based basal/bolus therapy. In addition to insulin therapy, blood glucose monitoring, using blood glucose meters and/or a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), is an important part of managing your child's diabetes. We will also work with your family to develop a plan for balanced nutrition and regular exercise. All care is coordinated through a team approach with your child’s primary care physician to ensure complete care for your child every step of the way. 


Our program is built on the philosophy that diabetes patients thrive best when they and their families take an active role in their own disease management. Families play an integral role in the treatment plans we design based on the child’s needs and the family’s lifestyle.

Our Mission

The mission of Michigan Medicine is to provide excellence and leadership in the areas of: patient care/services, education and research.  In keeping with this mission, the Pediatric Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support services provides evidence based diabetes care and education services that promote self-management, optimal blood glucose control, and prevention of acute and long term complications of diabetes. 


We are here to support you as you care for your child’s health. Our goal is to ensure that each child is able to fully participate in all childhood activities and avoid the possible long-term complications of diabetes.


Our commitment to you is to:

1. Provide the highest quality and most up-to-date medical care through our multidisciplinary team of experts in diabetes care.  The multidisciplinary team consists of:  Medical Doctor (MD) trained in diabetes care for children and adolescents, Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Dietitians (RD), Social Workers (MSW), and Psychologist (PhD).

2. Provide child and family with Self-Management knowledge to make informed decisions and to maintain or improve health and quality of life through your own initiative. 

3. Empower your child and family with Self-Management skills fostering independence and improved quality of life. 

4. Provide a Diabetes Medical Management Plan for School (DMMP) every year. 

5. Provide education and resources that are age appropriate as your child grows.

6. To return phone calls regarding diabetes management. Please visit the Contact page for details of how to get in touch. Calls are screened and managed by nurses and dietitians that are trained in the acute management of diabetes problems. The nurses and dietitians will determine if physician contact is necessary based on the clinical need.​

7. Provide active patients under our management with a complete set of prescriptions once a year.

8. Assist in a successful transition to adult Diabetes care.


We are a team! Your commitment to your child and to the Pediatric Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support services is essential to the goal of improving the health and quality of life for your child. Patients and families do best with diabetes care when they take an active role in their own management.

Diabetes Education

Education and training are critical components of the U-M Pediatric Diabetes program. We provide in-depth instruction for families on how to manage diabetes with a focus on giving families confidence in their ability to manage their child's disease. Self-management is a cornerstone of our program, empowering patients and families to make informed decisions on how to maintain or improve health and quality of life through their own initiative. Families will learn self-management skills and learn to make lifestyle changes so that children can participate fully in all activities while avoiding long-term complications. Our program also offers resources to help families address the special needs of children with diabetes in the school setting, working collaboratively with school personnel to meet these needs.

Our diabetes education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and has been certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) since June 2001. The recognition and certification process is based on National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education, American Diabetes Association, and MDCH requirements.​

The U-M Pediatric Diabetes education program includes group classes for children, adolescents, and families. See below for descriptions of our class offerings. Please note that some classes are only offered on an as needed basis.

This new diabetes education program includes:

1. Virtual Class: Led by Dr. Joyce Lee, MD, MPH and/or a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), this one-time, class held over live video-conference will provide training on viewing, interpreting, and utilizing diabetes data for self-management. 


Upcoming class dates (all from 6-8PM):​​​

  • December 15, 2021

  • February 16, 2022

  • April 20, 2022


2. Online Hub: Participants will also have access (through an online education website called Canvas) to comprehensive educational videos and materials that cover topics including: how to download device data, how to interpret diabetes data and recognize patterns, understanding insulin dosing and how behaviors can affect blood sugar, and how to adjust insulin doses.

For a limited time, there is no charge to participate as this program is supported by funding from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.


Please note: your child must be a patient of the U-M Pediatric Diabetes Clinic to enroll in this program.


If you have any questions about the program or would like to register, contact Ashley Garrity ( or 734-936-2452).

Basic Type 1 Diabetes Education

This is our introduction to diabetes management, covering topics including: Overview, medication, hypoglycemia management, school issues, nutrition - carb counting, glucose monitoring, chronic complications, adjusting insulin doses, sick day management, living with diabetes/goal setting, coping with diabetes, holidays/special events, and exercise. This class is intended for all newly diagnosed patients and immediate caregivers, and typically lasts around 6 hours including breaks.

Type 2 Diabetes Basics

This class covers the same sorts of topics as Basic 1 & 2, but with an emphasis on nutrition and exercise for management of Type 2 Diabetes.

Introduction to Insulin Pumps & Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)

This class covers such topics as the basics of what an insulin pump and CGM do, advantages and disadvantages of pump and CGM use, different CGMs, insulin pumps, and infusion sets, pump and CGM features, and pump and CGM management. These classes will be held as group Zoom meetings. Please call 734-764-5175 to sign up. A Group Class Consent must be completed to attend class. You must have a current Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Annual Assessment on file to participate. One can be mailed to you if you have not completed one in the past year.

Insulin Pump Training

This class covers such topics as: Basal and bolus programming, nutrition and the pump, pump emergencies, personal responsibility, initiation and site changes.

Advanced Pump Feature

This class is designed as a more comprehensive guide to insulin pump management. We will cover such topics as: dual/square wave (combo) boluses, temporary basal rates, adjusting basals and bolus ratios, new therapies in diabetes.

Refresher Class

If you feel you need a review of diabetes management or would like to train a caregiver, please reach out for a session with a diabetes educator. This includes grandparents, babysitters, step-parents, or adolescents whose parents have been the main caregiver of the diabetes until now. Topics vary to meet the needs of each participant.

Class Registration

Classes are held weekdays in the new Pediatric Diabetes Education Rooms 2386 & 2387, on Level 2 of the Taubman Center, inside the lobby where the Java Spot coffee shop is located, just outside the entrance to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Call (734) 764-5175 or toll-free (800) 211-8181 to register. A schedule of education classes can be found on our Events page.


Cost & Insurance Information

Current rates are $61.00 per half hour for groups and $133.00 per half hour for individuals. Prices are subject to change and will depend on insurance coverage.

Before attending the diabetes education session, please call your insurance company to verify insurance coverage for diabetes education classes, clinic visits, and necessary lab work. Our prices are subject to change. Insurance coverage for the clinical care you receive from us varies depending on your benefit plan.  Please call us with any questions or concerns.

Diabetes Transition Program

Transitioning from pediatric care to adult care can be an intimidating prospect for many adolescents with diabetes and their families. Many of our patients have been with the U-M Pediatric Diabetes program for several years – some since infancy or toddlerhood – so working with a new diabetes team is understandably anxiety-provoking. Additionally, the prospect of transitioning out of being a part of the child’s day-to-day care can be a stressful experience for many parents. As parents, being involved in the transition process and getting familiar with the clinic that will be caring for their child, can help you better support your child during this critical time period.


Our Diabetes Transition Program was designed by passionate U-M pediatric and adult endocrinology team members with the goal of empowering young adults to transition into adult life successfully. It consists of a Transition Orientation, followed by a Transition Clinic Visit. 


Transition Orientation

As part of the transition experience, patients attend a class with peers and adult endocrinology providers. The open-discussion format of the session includes topics including: living on your own with diabetes; college life and diabetes; staying safe and healthy; managing diabetes and social pressures such as alcohol, drugs, and sex; how to prevent diabetic ketoacidosis; diabetes and sick days; how to order diabetes supplies and communicate with insurance companies; and possible complications related to diabetes. Patients also receive a brief orientation to the U-M MEND (Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes) Adult Clinic at Domino’s Farms.


Transition Clinic Visit

After attending the orientation class, patients are seen in the adult clinic for their transition visit. The U-M Pediatric Diabetes team works closely with the MEND Adult Clinic team to help make the transition to adult care as seamless as possible.