It takes a TEAM to Prevent Diabetes! Join the Fight!

It takes a TEAM to Prevent Diabetes! Join the Fight!

It takes a TEAM to Prevent Diabetes! Join the Fight!It takes a TEAM to Prevent Diabetes! Join the Fight!It takes a TEAM to Prevent Diabetes! Join the Fight!

Register for the Diabetes Prevention Program


Eligibility and Pre-Registration

If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the diabetes, the DESMA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you develop a healthier lifestyle and work with you to reduce the risks this condition can pose to your health.  

Complete the Printable Referral form and send it to the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at, or fax it to 985-261-2019 

Next class starts soon!!!!!


1st step starts here!

Next Class Starts: December 2019

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1421 Martens Drive, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, United States

Call for details: 985-466-1118


The Diabetes Prevention classes  are offered by Diabetes Education & Self Management Alliance.  

Contact the facilitator for details. 985-466-1118.

Who we are?

We are Self Health Advocates!

We build alliances with individuals, community leaders, organizations and small businesses to support our dedicated Self-Health Advocates who are determined to rid the world of diabetes and obesity. DESMA has taken a grass root approach to helping people; help themselves. By building Partnerships Programs that promote collaboration with just about everyone; we can do what it takes to prevent diabetes for everyone.   

We work in the community, with the community, for the community to provide Hope, Education & Resources, through, Diabetes Prevention Classes, Self Management Consultation and Healthy Living Counseling.  We are excited about coming to your church or organization to have a Candid Conversation about your Health today!  

Our program has been designed to motivate and educate people to embrace lifelong health and wellness qualities and overall happiness about ones’ self.  Do what it takes to maintain Healthy Living today.                       


We're So Glad You're here!

Barbara gainwell


Program Director

Lifestyle Coach

Louise Bergeron


Program Manager

Education Specialist

virginia cervantes


Program Manager

Spanish Lifestyle Coach

Kenneth T. Gainwell


Lifestyle Coach

john w. hatcher iv


Program Coordinator

cinthya hernandez


Spanish Lifestyle Coach


We want to Connect with You!!

Community Liaison


Our Community Liaison is the front -line public health worker who is a trusted member of the community.  She has a personal understanding of the community we serve. This trusting relationship enables the Community Liaison to serve as a link between health, social services and the community.  

Our mission is to build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy. DESMA is here to build partnerships with you.

Mrs. Phyliss Cage


On a personal note, Phyliss' passion is to assist individuals with overall  health and wellness improvement. She is a dynamic motivational speaker and advocate for personal self health improvement.  

Phyliss  serves as the Community Liaison for DESMA.  She is your connection to the programs we offer. Contact her today for an initial assessment.

All About DESMA!

Who is DESMA?

We are a community based organization, offering health education, resources and support to  individuals with a desire to live their best life.  We build alliances with individuals, churches, and organizations  to prevent diabetes and  obliterate obesity.

What we do?

SELF-HEALTH  ADVOCATES provide women and girls with long-lasting practical, unique and attainable solutions for better health and wellness.   

DESMA was developed with Women in mind but our Educational Classes and information work for every one.  If you want to prevent Diabetes we want to help you.

How & Who we help?

We offer comprehensive solutions to women and girls to assist them in their fight to PREVENT diabetes and obesity. There are open public CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, GROUP MEETINGS & INDIVIDUAL LEARNING SESSIONS for anyone who want to  benefit.

Welcoming Environment

People of all background, philosophies and faith traditions are welcome in our programs. 



We encourage and educate individuals to Prevent Diabetes as well as improve their health and well-being.

  •  Diabetes can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and eye and foot problems. Pre-diabetes also can cause health problems. The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or even prevented. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop health problems, so delaying diabetes by even a few years will benefit your health. You can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by losing a modest amount of weight by following a reduced-calorie eating plan and being physically active most days of the week. 


Rid the world of diabetes and obesity through dedicated support, services, advocacy and resources.


  • About 1 in 3 Americans has pre-diabetes, according to recent diabetes statistics  from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You won’t know if you have pre-diabetes unless you are tested.

  • If you have pre-diabetes, you can lower your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Lose weight if you need to become more physically active, and follow a reduced-calorie eating plan. Get started with Your Game Plan to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
  • For more support, you can find a lifestyle change program near you through the our Diabetes Prevention Program 



Love and Compassion 

We believe in the love of God with all our heart, soul, and mind. Our love and compassion for ourselves and our community helps us deliver our best to the people in need of hope, encouragement and a better life.


Nothing can be accomplished unless you are hopeful about the results. We aim to instill hope in you. We encourage you to achieve what might seem like a long journey to you right now. We encourage you to stay put on your self-management and wellness goals.


We have a commitment to help people no matter what state of health they are in by providing them the best services to help them achieve wellness for not only their bodies, but also their minds and souls.



We believe in creating partnerships to provide the best resources to our girls and women. With a common goal, we can get results as we expect.

Our Partners

we Build relationships that last!