Press Release

Kentucky Creates State Board of Diabetes Educators; AADE Members Kimberly DeCoste and Carrie Isaacs to Serve, Advise on Implementation of Licensure Law

Body created to implement state law requiring licensure for those who practice as diabetes educators

For Release: November 7, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has announced the appointment of five people who will serve on the Kentucky Board of Diabetes Educators. They will develop the regulations to implement the licensure law and administrate the licensure procedures.

Earlier this year, Beshear signed a bill that requires a license to practice diabetes education, a move that the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) championed as a means to protect consumers and validate the professionalism of diabetes educators. The board includes a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators:

  • Kimberly DeCoste, of Richmond, is a registered nurse for the Madison County Health Department. She represents registered nurses with experience in diabetes education. DeCoste shall serve for a term expiring Nov. 3, 2014. DeCoste is a former AADE board member and former AADE Advocacy Committee chairperson.
  • Carrie L. Isaacs, of Lexington, is a pharmacist and assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She represents pharmacists experienced in diabetes education. Isaacs shall serve for a term expiring Nov. 3, 2014.
  • Mehdi Poorkay, of Louisville, is a physician at Norton Health Care. He represents licensed medical physicians with experience in the delivery of diabetes education. Poorkay shall serve for a term expiring Nov. 3, 2013.
  • Carolyn L. Dennis, of Georgetown, is a public health advocate and consultant. She represents licensed dietitians or certified nutritionists with experience in diabetes education. Dennis shall serve for a term expiring Nov. 3, 2015.         
  • Lawrence T. Smith, of Lexington, is a consultant at Smith Market Research. He represents citizens at-large. Smith shall serve for a term expiring Nov. 3, 2015.

“All health care providers need sufficient diabetes knowledge to provide safe, competent care to persons with or at risk for diabetes,” said AADE Chief Advocacy Officer Martha Rinker. “Licensure of the Diabetes Educator will provide minimum standards for patient safety and for recognition of the professional, and will address the current workforce shortage of qualified professionals who can deliver diabetes education.”

Diabetes educators are highly skilled professionals integral to the multidisciplinary diabetes care team. They counsel patients on how to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their life. They also help patients understand how their medications work, teach them how to monitor their blood glucose to avoid the risk of complications, and give them the ability to problem solve and adjust emotionally to diabetes.