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Division of Endocrinology

Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina


Diabetes Initiative of  South Carolina
Kathie L. Hermayer, MD, MS
Board Chair

Usah Lilavivat, MD

Vice Chair

Please send inquiries to:
Julie Benke-Bennett (
Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas Street, Suite 816
MSC 624
Charleston, SC 29425-6240
Phone (843) 876-0968       Fax (843) 876-0998

The purpose of the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina (DSC) is to develop and implement a comprehensive statewide plan of community outreach programs, health professional education, and diabetes surveillance. The goal is to provide the tools for management of the disease in order to reduce severe complications and cost burdens for South Carolinians who suffer from diabetes mellitus. The Initiative represents a unique melding of private, state, and federal resources and agencies toward this common goal. Nationally, South Carolina has a leading program which coordinates public efforts in the identification and management of this incurable chronic disease.
The Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina (DSC) was created by legislative action and signed into law by the Governor of South Carolina in July, 1994. The law established a Board of Directors with members appointed by the top officials of key organizations with an interest in diabetes and its complications. The Board has met quarterly since its beginning. 

DSC Board & Council
Meeting Dates and Handouts

  • Board of Directors - oversees all activities of the Center of Excellence Council, Outreach Council, Surveillance Council, and all appointed Committees.
  • Center of Excellence Council - responsible for developing and administering professional education programs
  • Outreach Council - oversees and directs efforts in patient education and primary care on a community level
  • Surveillance Council - responsible for acquiring, analyzing and distributing epidemiologic information about diabetes
  • DSC/Midlands Site - responsible for creating, identifying and integrating programs of the Diabetes Initiative of SC in the Midlands Area.
  • Intensive Management of Diabetes in the Hospital Task Force and Steering Committee - initiates implementation of a statewide program of inpatient glycemic management and metabolic control to reduce patient mortality, morbidity, length of hospitalization and cost of care.



SC Guidelines for Adult Diabetes Care - 2016

The SC Guidelines for Diabetes Care were adopted by
the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina on September 2, 2011, and released during the
17th Annual Diabetes Fall Symposium for Primary Health Care Professionals
on Thursday, September 15, 2011.  
Updated 3/4/16.

SC Guidelines for Adult Diabetes Care in the Hospital - 2016

The SC Guidelines for Diabetes Care in the Hospital were adopted by
the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina on March 6, 2015.
Updated 3/4/16.



View the CDE List (sorted by County)


Professional Education Opportunities

2017 Diabetes Strategies for the 21st Century

February 7 & 8, 2017
North Charleston Marriott


Online registration

Course Syllabus Download (available January 30, 2017)


Community Events


Reports & Data

SC DHEC publications:
Diabetes Impact on SC

DSC Annual Reports
(1995 - 2015)

ADA Standards of Care

for Diabetes

10 Year Strategic Plan

The State of Diabetes in South Carolina: An Evaluation of the First Ten Year Strategic Plan of the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina (2011)



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