AADE e-Advocacy Newsletter

April through June 2012

AADE State Legislative Coordinators Visit Washington, DC

On April 16th and 17th 2012, with generous contributions from Eli Lilly, Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Novo Nordisk and Pfizer, Inc., we were able to bring the AADE state legislative coordinators to Washington, DC for a two-day public policy forum.

The states that were represented are as follows: California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Maine, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Hawaii, Michigan, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Florida, Nebraska, Vermont, Minnesota, South Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

AADE President, Sandi Burke, talks about the importance of DSMT with Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-13-IL)

The event consisted of wide variety of issues from perspectives of the legislative process by those who have real life experience working on Capitol Hill, to utilizing social media in your grassroots efforts and how to effectively communicate with members of Congress.

The first day began with a very special guest speaker, Dr. David M. Kendall, distinguished medical fellow at Lilly Diabetes who gave a presentation on encouraging innovation through public policy.

The following day, AADE members went to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress and were treated to a very special lunch and address from Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Senator Shaheen was also presented with the 2011 AADE Senate Legislative Champion award.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) addresses the AADE attendees after receiving her award from Wendy Drew, RN CDE MSN, of New Hampshire.

The training and visits to Capitol Hill were a huge success and we are looking to doing it again in 2013!

Thank you to everyone that could attend and if your state was not represented please contact advocacy@aadenet.org to learn more about future trainings and identifying a state legilsative coordinator (SLC). We strongly encourage all coordinating bodies to find someone that has a passion for advocacy and would like to represent their in this capacity.

We would also like to recognize our presenters:

  • Sandi Burke, PhD ANP BC-ADM CDE, AADE President
  • David M. Kendall, MD, Distinguished Medical Fellow, Lilly Diabetes
  • Joel White, Executive Director, HealthIT Now Coalition
  • Donna Tomky, MSN RN C-NP CDE, AADE Immediate Past President
  • Wendy Drew, RN CDE MSN
  • Deborah Outlaw, JD, The Outlaw Group
  • Donna F. Mullins, Managing Partner, Winning Strategies Washington
  • Brian Kaminski, Vice President, Rational 360
  • Laura Lay, Vice President, Winning Strategies Washington
  • Martha Rinker, JD, AADE Chief Advocacy Officer
  • James E. Specker, MIS, AADE Federal and State Advocacy Manager
Power in numbers! The state legislaitve coordinators take a moment for a group picture.

A very special thank you to our sponsors and supporters:

SAVE THE DATE!!! Free CE in Indy from AADE Advocacy!

Save the Date, July 31, 2012 and Be An AADE Advocate!

As part of the AADE Grassroots Advocacy strategic initiative we have been facilitating a national effort to educate diabetes educators how to better advocate on behalf of their profession and patients as well as better communicate relevant diabetes issues to their state legislators and members of Congress.

We have been achieving this by attending State and LNG meetings for CE sessions and providing "fly-in" trainings to the State Legislative Coordinators(SLCs) so they can take their knowledge back to their communities.

On July 31, 2012 from 8:30am – 5:30pm in Indianapolis we will be providing a state focused advocacy training for all SLCs or one member from the CB leadership in the event this advocacy representative has not been identified or can’t attend. *

The Training and Educational Session Will Focus on Issues Such As:

  • Reimbursement in the States
  • How to Effectively Advocate at the State Level
  • Testifying Before a State Legislative Committee
  • Licensure for Diabetes Educators
  • AADEs Grassroots & State Legislative Priorities

In addition there will be a visit to the Indiana State Capitol for a tour and presentation by a member(s) of the Indiana State Legislature (TBD) and a historical visit to Eli Lilly’s campus. There will also be an evening networking reception to close out the day.

*Continuing education credit will be offered for this free training.

We strongly encourage all coordinating bodies (CB) to find someone that has a passion for advocacy and would like to represent their state in this capacity.

AADE will provide all the training so pre-existing knowledge of legislative issues is not necessary.

*AADE Advocacy will cover the cost of the extra night’s hotel that would be needed to attend this training.

For more information please contact James Specker, AADE Federal and State Advocacy Manager @ jspecker@aadenet.org or 312.601.4873


AADE Social Media Outlets

Social media outlets are by nature grassroots platforms. They make available a way for communities, not only to network, but to form around issues.  With 57% of the population talking to people more online than they do in real life it only makes sense to embrace this as another conduit to engage in discussion.
Join the AADE social media today!
  • AADE Facebook to network with your colleagues and connect with people from all over the country who have similar interests
  • Join the AADE LinkedIN network to establish professional and business relationships
  • Follow AADE on twitter to receive quick and easy information regarding diabetes education and related issues

Remember to use #AADE12 when tweeting during the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis!

Did you know AADE Advocacy has a grassroots network of over 22,000 users and is growing every day?

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New Public Policy Position Statements

AADE is always working for its members at both the Federal and State levels on issues that support and promote the diabetes educator. In addition we monitor relevant legislative so we can support or oppose those issues that have an impact on the diabetes community as a whole.

AADE’s public policy position statements and comments are the official stance the association has taken on existing legislative or regulatory initiatives.

The following are what's new for 2012:

If you have any questions or comments regarding the 2012 AADE public policy position statements please contact advocacy@aadenet.org


AADE New Regional Field Coordinator

The AADE Advocacy department we would like to give a warm welcome to the new Regional Field Coordinator for the eastern United States!

Patricia "Mickey" Stuart, BS, MPH, MS, CDE, an AADE member from Vicksburg, Mississippi, will be providing AADE member advocacy and communication consulting services for the eastern region working directly with our Advocacy and Volunteer Services departments. Mickey has a strong background working on advocacy related issues as well as National AADE leadership experience. Mickey has served on the AADE Board of Directors as the SPG liaison, was a member of the Advocacy and Professional Practice committees, is a current MAC Co-facilitator, and was part of the coordinating body transition team for the state of Mississippi.

The East region includes the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. CB or LNG leaders in these states can contact Mickey at mickey.stuart@gmail.com with their Advocacy inquiries.

We are currently in the process of selecting candidates for the Midwest and West Regions.

If you would like to know more about the regional field coordinators please contact advocacy@aadenet.org