• Giving diabetics information, support and positive attitudes in peer group settings. 
  • Creating an informed public that respects diabetics who fight the disease and encourages those who have it to take it seriously.



First, the Basic Diabetes Course helps diabetics by:

  • Being free.
  • Being offered in convenient neighborhood venues.
  • Using facilitators who are diabetic themselves and have "been there and done that."
  • Building pride in fighting a disease that's harder and more relentless than non-diabetics can imagine.
  • Replacing shame and guilt with self-esteem.   
  • Being brief: Three one-hour classes take about two weeks.

Second, we use speaking engagements, the print press, radio, television, social media and word-of-mouth to spread the facts.  The general public is also welcome to attend the Basic Diabetes Course and other events.

CDP is offered in participation with the YMCA of Greater Springfield, Springfield College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Baystate Medical Center and the Department of Health and Human Services of the City of Springfield. 

Director Chet Galaska was awarded the 2018 Heroes Walking Among Us award by the Massachusetts Foot & Ankle Society for developing the program.

People believe untrue things about diabetes and diabetics.  The ignorance creates a stigma that's maddening for diabetics, deters many from being open about it and discourages others from seeking care.  It's a reason avoidable complications remain common.

CDP replaces the stigma with facts by:

What is CDP?

CDP reaches out in two ways: