Press Release

AADE Receives Grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to Conduct Pilot Project on Type 2 Diabetes

David Harrison at 410.242.4446,  
Diana Pihos at 312.601.4864,

November 15, 2010 – Chicago – The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) announced today that it has received a $400,000 grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Foundation as part of Together on Diabetes®, a five-year, $100 million initiative to improve health outcomes of people living with type 2 diabetes in the U.S. by strengthening community-based supportive services and broad-based community mobilization.

With the funding, AADE will collaborate with practices in three states to conduct a one-year pilot project to study the effectiveness and sustainability of a flexible, multi-level diabetes education and support team.

Overall, the project is expected to expand access to high-quality, coordinated care for patients in underserved populations, reduce emergency room and in-patient hospital stays, and improve clinical and behavioral outcomes. 

“We are pleased that the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is focusing on community-based solutions to the type 2 diabetes epidemic,” said Deborah Fillman, MS, RD, LD, CDE, AADE President. “ We are confident that this and other projects AADE is spearheading will further draw attention to the need for diabetes educators to be involved in emerging patient-centered care models.” 

About the AADE:
Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education.  With more than 12,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, physicians and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients.  To learn more go to: