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Each year at the ADCES Annual Conference, we recognize excellence in diabetes care and education and honor members' service to the association and the larger diabetes community.

ADCES offers a variety of awards and scholarships to celebrate those individuals who have gone above and beyond. 

Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes outstanding volunteer and leadership contributions and service to the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists. This award is named in honor of Allene Van Son Martinez, ADCES’s first president and leader in diabetes care. Van Son Martinez was a lifetime advocate for those affected by diabetes and a champion for the Association. Van Son Martinez was the first recipient of the Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award, named in her honor to recognize one diabetes care and education specialist each year for outstanding contributions and service to the Association.

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Advancing the Vision Award

Recognizes a member whose program or project advances the ADCES Project Vision strategic pillars to achieve the outcomes inspired by ADCES’s mission.

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Innovative Use of Technology Award

Supports the innovative use and integration of diabetes management and/or education software and/or technology practice. The project submitted should have significant impact on the assessment and provision of personalized pre-diabetes, diabetes and related cardiometabolic conditions and self-management interventions that enhance or improve practice for individuals or broad populations.

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Diabetes Care and Education Specialist of the Year Award

Honors a diabetes care and education specialist who has made a special contribution to the field through dedication, innovation, and sensitivity in patient care. The Diabetes Care and Education Specialist will act as an "Ambassador" for ADCES and should be someone who is considered a role model by their peers and colleagues.

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Research Award

Recognizes outstanding work in the scientific area of diabetes care and education. This new award signifies the importance of research to the organization.


Rising Star Award

Recognizes a diabetes care and education specialist who has less than five years of diabetes care and education experience and has demonstrated leadership and commitment in their practice.

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Donna Tomky Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice

This award will be given in memory of Donna Tomky, an ADCES Past President and Nurse Practitioner (NP), who advocated for the integration of self-management behaviors with clinical management, to a NP who continues to advance this integration through practice, health plan or health system innovation.

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ADCES/Children with Diabetes - Friends for Life Fellowship Program

ADCES seeks to provide an opportunity to a diabetes care and education specialist, to learn about Type 1 diabetes from the perspective of the patient, family, and caregiver.

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