Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina

Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina logoThe Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina (DSC) serves as a national leader in the coordination of public efforts to identify and manage diabetes mellitus. Signed into law by the Governor of South Carolina in July 1994, the DSC provides diabetes management tools and educational programs with the goal of reducing complications and cost burdens for South Carolinians who suffer from this incurable chronic disease. The Initiative represents a unique melding of private, state, and federal resources and agencies working toward this common goal.

DSC Board & Councils

  • Board of Directors: Chaired by Usah Lilavivat, M.D., the 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.

Join the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) Database

To join the CDE database, please email Julie Benke-Bennett at benkej@musc.edu.    

The database can be found here (PDF).

Community Events & Programs

2020 Diabetes Fall Symposium for Primary Health Care Professionals

October 17, 2020  |  7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A 1-day symposium designed to update health care professionals on management and treatment guidelines for people with diabetes. Attend in person or virtually via live streaming.

This comprehensive update is specifically designed for Primary Care Physicians, Podiatrists, Endocrinologists, Pharmacists, PharmDs, NPs, APRNs, PAs, RDs, and CDEs. The information to be presented is equally relevant to RNs, LPNs, and Social Workers. Brochure available at https://musc.edu/dom/dsc.

For more information and to register, visit the 2020 Diabetes Symposium website.

2016 to 2021 Statewide Comprehensive Diabetes Prevention Plan for South Carolina

Statewide Comprehensive Diabetes Prevention Plan shows that improving food choices, a modest weight loss (5 to 7 percent of body weight), and at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity helps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Visit the Eat Smart Move More South Carolina website for more information.  

Reports & Data

For additional information, including the DSC Annual Report and Strategic Plan, please contact Julie Benke-Bennett at benkej@musc.edu.