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Season Greetings! Welcome to the December 2011 edition of FOUNDATION MATTERS – the quarterly newsletter of the AADE Diabetes Education and Research Foundation. We are sharing information about the Foundation’s current activities or ‘matters,’ ultimately demonstrating how our activities MATTER to you – the AADE Member. We hope you will take a few minutes to read about our latest activities and consider how you can support the Foundation and ultimately AADE.

Is the AADE Education and Research Foundation on your annual year-end giving list?

We support the people you are professionally closest with on a daily basis – you, your patients and their families, and your colleagues.  Your year-end gift will make a difference. It will help us secure the role of diabetes educators as essential health care providers and will provide education and support for some of the people we care about most – our patients.  There is still time to support the AADE Foundation and receive a tax deduction for 2011, it couldn’t be easier – just click here:

Profile: AADE Foundation Scholarship Recipient – Denise Schmidt MS, RD, CD

Denise Schmidt

Denise is from rural Michigan in the "thumb of the mitten" and has been a CDE since 2006. As a dietician, she was not planning to become a diabetes educator, but when she started her first hospital job in 1981, as a dietician working in food service – she found herself providing information about diabetes diets and working with clinical staff. She was working behind the scenes and had no knowledge of the behavior change aspect of DSME/T, until she started working with a nurse/CDE - she could not figure out why the nurse was so interested in the diets of her diabetes patients, until the nurse shared information about the AADE7 with her and told her about AADE and our Annual Meeting. She was intrigued and wound up attending her first AADE Annual Meeting in 2009, as a Foundation Scholarship recipient. While completing her application she checked a box to become a reviewer in 2010. Not only has Denise been a reviewer for AADE Foundation for two years, now but she has gotten very involved with AADE in Michigan.

When Denise first volunteered to be a reviewer she was a little apprehensive, but found that the encouragement and support provided by staff was helpful and comforting. She especially likes reading the applications and learning about all of the ‘awesome’ activities her fellow AADE Members are participating in. She feels that her opinion as a peer-reviewer makes a difference and knows, especially when reviewing scholarship applications, how much of an impact attending an Annual Meeting can have on a diabetes educator. She also mentioned that her role as a reviewer has led to her increased involvement with AADE at the local and national level – so much that she will be the 2012 CB Leader for Michigan. Denise encourages anyone interested in getting involved with AADE nationally, to join a work group such as the Awards and Scholarships Review Group. 

New AADE/STTI Collaborative Grant Recipient Selected

Each year AADE Foundation collaborate with Sigma Theta Tau International – Honor Society of Nurses (SSTI) to offer a diabetes educator that is a member of both AADE and SSTI a $6000 grant for research in diabetes education. We received five applications for our 2012 grant opportunity, which were reviewed in November by members of the AADE Research Committee.

The 2012 AADE/Sigma Theta Tau International grant recipient is Jessica Devido RN,MS, CPNP of University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Jessica’s project called ‘ Parish Nurses Providing Diabetes Education to African American Women: A Mixed-Method Design,’& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /em> will enlist 100 parish nurses to provide diabetes education during preconception counseling to underserved African American women. The results will help them plan for future training of parish nurses and develop programs specifically for the population to help improve the health of mother and baby. The year-long study will begin in early 2012, with results available in 2013.

We are extremely grateful to Sigma Theta Tau International and all of AADE Foundation’s donors for making this grant possible each year – Foundation gifts directed towards Research help provide the funding. AADA Foundation will offer another AADE/STTI Collaborative Grant in 2012 for 2013, the request for applications will be available in May, with a deadline of October 1, 2012 – look for an announcement in May.

New Grant Opportunities in 2012

Continuous Quality Improvement
In 2009, the Foundation received funding from Bayer for implementation and research of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) programs at accredited diabetes education programs. The four programs selected for funding in 2010 have completed or are close to completion of their projects. We were able to secure additional funding from Bayer in 2011 for additional CQI research focused on goal setting for some of the AADE7 behaviors such as medication taking and reducing risk. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be available in March, look for information in the eFYI Newsletter and on the AADE website.

Reaching Out for Better Health
The Foundation launched a fundraising campaign in 2009 to build support for an initiative to provide accredited diabetes programs with funding to engage in outreach activities to expand access to DSME/T programs in their communities. The program was introduced as Touching Hearts, Changing Lives and continued in 2010 and 2011 as Reaching Out for Better Health to more accurately describe our vision. The initiative has been supported by AADE members, individual donors and corporations such as Pepsico Foundation, Bayer, and Lilly .

The Foundation is planning to start distribution of the funding through a Request for Application (RFA) process, which is currently being developed. The RFA and details will be available in April on the AADE website, accredited diabetes programs will be informed of the opportunity directly. We will make awards of up to $20,000 to accredited diabetes programs, based on a peer-review of proposals received. 

Awards and Scholarships 2012

AADE Award Winner

The AADE Foundation is responsible for managing the Awards and Scholarships programs for AADE. We offer Scholarships to AADE members to attend the AADE Annual Meeting with either a complementary registration or funds for travel and accommodations. Recognition Awards honor AADE leaders, members and others that have made valuable contributions to the field of diabetes education.

We are pleased to have a new scholarship category available for 2012 - "Pharmacy Student Scholarship" is generously sponsored by Diabetes Health Pharmacist, this scholarship provides a complementary registration and funds for travel/accommodations at the 2012 AADE Annual Meeting, for a current pharmacy student. Details for this opportunity and our other scholarships are now available online at:

The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, April 2, 2012.

AADE Recognition Awards
Nominate yourself or another deserving AADE member for one of AADE’s Recognition Awards such as Diabetes Educator of the Year, sponsored by LifeScan. Full Award descriptions and applications are now available on the AADE website at:

New for 2012: The My AADE NETWORK Achievement Award is replacing the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award for 2012. The award recognizes an AADE affiliate (CB) which significantly advanced and enhanced the MY AADE NETWORK Model in its state. This award will be temporary, as the new affiliation model evolves and the process is reviewed again. For 2012, current MY AADE NETWORK Board Liaisons will nominate exemplary affiliates, no self-nomination this year.

The deadline for Awards applications is Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Get Involved with the AADE Foundation in 2012


  • Make a gift to the Foundation in honor or memory of a loved one.
  • Provide names and addresses of your friends, family or colleagues that appreciate the work you do for people with diabetes, we will include them in our upcoming mailing.


  • Become a reviewer for the 2012 Awards and Scholarships program.
  • Help solicit items for the 2012 Silent Auction.
  • Organize a fundraiser for the Foundation in your town.

To make an online donation click here: https://www.diabeteseducator.org/Foundation/Contribute/Contribution.html
For more information or to volunteer contact: Laura Roth Konopken, Director of Development at (312) 601-4863 or lkonopken@aadenet.org.