AADE Foundation


Foundation Matters Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring 2012 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.

  Meet AADE Foundation Chair – Donna Rice

Donna RiceDear AADE Members,

I am honored to be your 2012 Chair of The AADE Education and Research Foundation.  I have been actively involved with AADE for years including serving as President in 2007.  It is a privilege  for me to be in this role, to help guide the Foundation to a successful year and bring opportunities to YOU the AADE member and to this organization.

Each year the Foundation focuses its research efforts on topics that are important to diabetes educators.   Over the last few years research has focused on demonstrating the value of diabetes education and educators. We now have  data that shows our work can help keep healthcare costs down.  Diabetes education is cost effective in this crucial health care environment. We are continuing that research this year with new data and we hope to have results to share by the end of the year.  We are also exploring  Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents and we are reviewing  current literature and hope to develop and test programming to help diabetes educators address this growing problem.

The Foundation is also interested in the future.  Did you know that the average age of an AADE member is 50?  With diabetes rates continuing to rise, we need to make sure that there will be enough educators to meet the growing demand. The Foundation is already considering what it can do to help;  and I am pleased to announce that this year we offered a New Member Scholarship. This will allow new AADE members an opportunity  to attend our Annual Meeting.  We want to inspire them and keep them in the field.  We are also actively seeking funding for a scholarship program to help healthcare providers become Certified Diabetes Educators.

We can do even more, but we need your help.  The contributions of our members, leaders and corporate partners become even more important as we look to future.  I am asking you to support AADE in its efforts to support diabetes educators in practice.  We need to work together to protect our specialty and further articulate our value through our education and research initiatives.

You can support us at this year’s Annual Meeting through a personal donation or by  donating to our silent auction. Your donation will make a difference not only in our professional practice but in the lives of those with diabetes. Please join me in making this year one of the most successful years for our Foundation. Your donation will help AADE to continue its mission and support this worthwhile practice.  I look forward to see you all in Indianapolis. Thank You.

Diabetes educators who care...Donate!


Donna Rice, MBA, BSN, CDE, FAADE    

AADE12 – Foundation Activities

The Foundation has been building up its presence at the AADE Annual Meeting and Exhibition during the last few years, through the addition of several activities such as the Silent Auction and Mind, Body Spirit Yoga Sessions.  We are pleased that those activities will continue this year, and we are really excited about a new activity that will benefit the Foundation this year!

  • A New Twist to AADE12 5k Event
    Let’s BE ACTIVE together and raise money for a great cause. AADE has added a fundraising component to the AADE12 5K – Leading through Education Event, sponsored by Novo Nordisk. All participants are encouraged to support the AADE Foundation by collecting donations from friends, family & colleagues.

    Participants who collect at least $50 in donations will receive an AADE12 5K T-shirt; participants who collect $250 or more will be entered into a drawing for an iPad!

    All proceeds will benefit the AADE Foundation, and will help us provide scholarships to next year’s Annual Meeting!Follow this link for a Pledge form and more information: http://www.tracs.net/AADE5K/donate.html

  • Silent Auction 2012 - Are you an artist, crafter, knitter, jewelry maker or seamstress? 
    Do you know one? Do you have a vacation home you could share? 

    Our 5th Silent Auction will take place at the Annual Meeting, but you don’t have to attend to help us out. We encourage all AADE members to support the Foundation by contributing to our Silent Auction.  Our wish list includes: jewelry, purses, accessories, body-care products, small electronics like cameras and iPods , vacation packages (bed and breakfast, certificate for dinner, tickets to a museum or show – in your community).

    Proceeds from the Silent Auction benefit our Scholarship programs, providing AADE members with opportunities for continuing education, ultimately improving the care they provide to their patients.

    AADE Foundation can assist with shipping arrangements and can help pay shipping fees if necessary.   We can provide letters, forms and other materials to use when asking for donations.   See below for contact information.

New Grant Opportunities: Reaching Out for Better Health

The AADE Education and Research Foundation is pleased to announce that it is now accepting proposals from accredited diabetes education programs for its new Reaching Out for Better Health: A Community–based Diabetes Education Program.  A Request for Proposals (RFP) and application are now available on the AADE Website. 

The Reaching Out Program supports new and expanded outreach and education activities at accredited diabetes programs that target underserved populations.  The aim is to develop, pilot, promote and evaluate new programs that reach those with high disparities so that they can better manage and control their diabetes.

We know that there are numerous barriers to diabetes self-management education and training (DSME/T) programs reaching and serving communities in need.  These include: a lack of community awareness of DSME/T; a gap in referrals from physicians to DSME/T programs; and logistical, social, and emotional factors that can affect patients’ ability or willingness to access programs that are provided in clinical settings.  Local DSME/T programs may not have the resources to effectively reach out to communities and address these barriers. The program is designed to address these barriers with the ultimate goal of demonstrating positive behavioral and clinical outcomes in people with diabetes. 

The AADE Foundation plans to award grants of up to $20,000 to at least 8 accredited diabetes education programs in communities across the country, for a one year project to develop and implement programs that target underserved populations. Selected programs will have experience providing DSME/T and should be able to demonstrate a need for special targeting to underserved patients in the community (ies) that they propose to serve.  Reaching Out will provide them with the support that they need to expand their efforts. 

The Foundation is grateful to all of the members who have supported this initiative.  We have also received substantial support from the following corporate donors: Abbott, Bayer Diabetes Care, Pepsico, and Lilly.

Applications are due July 16, 2012.  

Click this link to download the application.

Questions?  Contact Laura Roth Konopken, Director of Development at (312) 601-4863 or

AADE/Sigma Theta Tau International Grant Opportunity and Free CNE from STTI

We are pleased to announce that we are once again accepting applications for our yearly collaborative research grant opportunity with the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.  Applicants must be members of both AADE and Sigma Theta Tau international to be eligible for consideration.  This $6000 grant is available for research on topics in Diabetes Education.  The deadline for application is Friday, October 1, 2012, the grant recipient will be announced in early 2013.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) and application are available at: http://www.diabeteseducator.org/Foundation/Grants/CurrentGrants.html or by clicking the AADE Foundation tab on the AADE web-site.

Thanks to a grant from sanofi-aventis, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is pleased to be able to provide free access to online continuing education for Diabetes Care of the Older Adult through 29 June 2012. After taking and assessment, participants may choose to take one or more of four lessons and will receive a certificate of nine (9) hours of CNE at the completion of each for up to 36 hours of CNE.

  • Lesson 1 — Understanding Diabetes Mellitus in the Older Adult
  • Lesson 2 — Diabetes Assessment Tips and Techniques
  • Lesson 3 — Nursing Management of Diabetes
  • Lesson 4 — Diabetes Education & Self-Management Strategies

If you are interested in making this opportunity available to your clinical staff, please contact Traycee Lane with the names and email address of the staff members you would like to register for access to these free courses.

Awards and Scholarships 2012 – Review Process

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.
Our Awards and Scholarship recipients are determined each year by a dedicated, multi-disciplinary group of volunteers – the Awards and Scholarship Review Group (ASRG).    ASRG volunteers are recruited year-round through various portals, such as our listing in the volunteer opportunities section of the AADE web-site.  We even recruit scholarship applicants as reviewers by providing a checkbox on each year’s application.

Applications for both scholarships and awards ask applicants to describe their involvement with AADE at the local and national level.  Many applicants lose points because they have not been involved with AADE in a significant way.  When asked how someone could get more involved, we always recommend that they volunteer for a committee or work-group such as the ASRG.  One of our AADE Bloggers– Iris Sanchez began her volunteer service with AADE as an ASRG reviewer, now she is on the ballot for a position on the AADE Board of Directors (voting ends June 15)!

The review process takes place in March and April each year, it starts with awards.  Each reviewer is assigned a group of applications to read and score.  We try to have at least three reviewers read every application and a final score is determined by combining scores for an average.  For awards, the application with the highest score is usually be the winner, for scholarships usually the top 40%-50% of applicants receive a scholarship.  We try to keep the process fair and unbiased, if a reviewer knows an applicant they will be assigned another application.   The reviewers are always amazed and impressed by their talent and commitment displayed by their fellow AADE members, many of them learn something new from their peers.

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 members or colleagues that appreciate the work you do for people with diabetes, so we can include them in mailings.


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

For more information or to volunteer contact: Laura Roth Konopken, Director of Development at (312) 601-4863 or lkonopken@aadenet.org.