Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


Funding Community-Based Diabetes Education Programs

Diabetes care and education specialists has been shown to be effective at improving outcomes and increasing well-being for individuals affected by diabetes, prediabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. Unfortunately, there are numerous barriers to diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) such as a lack of community awareness, gaps in referrals and logistical factors that can affect the person with diabetes’ ability to access programs provided in clinical settings. 

ADCES grants work to address these barriers through funding opportunities to develop and implement projects that target vulnerable and underserved populations through innovative and creative ways. Learnings are shared with members and other healthcare professionals. 

Recent Projects

ADCES Foundation Awards Funding to Projects That Expand Access to Diabetes Care and Education In Underserved Populations

The ADCES Foundation has awarded $60,000 in grants to innovative projects that are expanding access of diabetes care and education among three underserved populations: deaf and hard of hearing people with diabetes, people with gestational diabetes, and people experiencing food insecurity.

Past Projects

Delivering Online Cooking and Nutrition Classes: Lessons Learned and Practical Tips

In 2020, Melanie Barbee MS, RDN, CDCES, DipACLM, applied for and received a grant from the ADCES Foundation to support her program’s transition to a virtual model of care delivery. Today, Melanie joins us to share the lessons she learned from her transition to online nutrition education for people with diabetes. You’ll be sure to hear some practical considerations for preparing and delivering your own online nutrition and cooking classes. 

Targeting Underserved Populations in Southeastern Kentucky

Access to quality accredited/recognized DSMES services in Kentucky is challenging, especially in rural areas of Appalachia. Through the Reaching Out for Better Health funding opportunity, the Kentucky Department of Health is exploring the use of telehealth technology to expand access to DSMES in an underserved area of southeastern Kentucky. 

Learn tips and tricks for initiating your own telehealth program in this podcast episode from The Huddle: Conversations with the Diabetes Care Team. 

Delivering DSMES in a Faith-Based Setting

Through a train-the-trainer format, diabetes educators in the South and Central Bronx, NY are working with community leaders to create sustainable outcomes through faith-based partnerships. The project will provide DSMES services to a tight-knit Muslim community via a local mosque with the hopes of expanding to other faith-based organizations in the future.

Find out how you can better cross cultural boundaries in faith-based settings in this podcast episode of The Huddle: Conversations with the Diabetes Care Team. 

Overcoming Access Barriers in Rural Idaho

Communities in rural Idaho face many barriers to DSMES access including long distances to diabetes management resources, lack of insurance coverage and language and cultural differences. Southwest District Health is exploring sustainable ways to reach these populations, working with a variety of stakeholders to address provider and community awareness of available programs.

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