Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

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Feature Article:

We are pleased to announce that a systematic review of literature conducted by AADE Science and Practice staff, was recently released online in advance of being published in Patient Education and Counseling Journal. Read the study

As part of AADE’s 2013-2015 Strategic Plan, we set out to investigate the effect diabetes self-management education (DSME) has on A1C levels. The review demonstrated that when added to usual diabetes care, DSME improves blood glucose control, equating to a reduction in A1C of nearly 0.6% compared with usual care alone. 

In reviewing relevant literature, the study authors identified 118 unique patient interventions with DSME; in 61.9% of the cases there were significant changes in A1C and an average absolute reduction of 0.57. A combination of group and individual engagement resulted in the largest decreases in A1C (0.88).  DSME contact hours > 10 were associated with a greater proportion of interventions with significant reduction in A1C (70.3%). In patients with persistently elevated glycemic values (A1C > 9), a greater proportion of studies reported statistically significant reduction in A1C (83.9%).

Other findings: 

• All methods of DSME, delivered either by a solo or team provider achieved greater reductions in A1C compared with a control group.
• A combination of group and individual DSME engagement resulted in the greatest reduction in A1C.
• 10 hours of DSME contact time may not be sufficient, as DSME contact hours greater than 10 were associated with a greater proportion of interventions with significant reduction in A1C.

However, only a small percentage of people diagnosed with diabetes use DSME services within the year they are diagnosed. Because of this, and the findings in our systematic review, we are using these study results to push for change, calling on: 

1. Primary care providers to refer patients to diabetes educators, and follow up with them to ensure they not only participate but take full advantage of the opportunity. The joint AADE/American Diabetes Association/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position statement details when to refer patients to DSME programs and addresses when and how to provide it.
2. People with diabetes and their caregivers to be aware of DSME and what it can do for them.
3. Medicare and other third party payers to make it easier for patients to access DSME. 

This study was funded by the AADE Education and Research Foundation. To continue to have the AADE Foundation fund projects such as the systematic review, consider donating. Those who donate $25 or more by December 31 are entered into a drawing to win one of five complimentary registrations to AADE16.


News and Activities:

Apply for an AADE leadership position

The AADE Nominating Committee is currently conducting a search for leadership talent among our active AADE members for the 2016 election.

If you are ready to make an impact on diabetes education, now is your chance to become part of the AADE national leadership team. By running for office, you can use your experience, talents and skills to further the goals of your professional association.

Join us to take your leadership to the next level and have a voice in shaping policies, programs and strategies. In addition, it’s a great opportunity to exchange ideas and network with other AADE leaders across the country.

Positions available in the 2016 election include:
•  Board of Directors: Four positions, each to fill a three-year term.
•  Treasurer: See position description for specific eligibility requirements
•  President-elect: See position description for specific eligibility requirements
•  Nominating Committee: Four positions, each to fill a one-year term. 

Applications for leadership positions will be available on January 1, 2016. The deadline for completed applications is January 31, 2016Learn more about the open positions, and access all position descriptions.

Thank you for your continued participation and dedication to AADE.

For questions related to the 2016 election, please contact Sherry Lindbak at



Reflecting on 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we’d like to reflect on what was a busy and eventful year, with many new materials for our members and improvements to member services.

In June, we released a joint position statement with the American Diabetes Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It provides an algorithm and guidance to health care practitioners on when to refer patients to diabetes educators and others.

We also released our newly redesigned website. The new design focuses on presenting a visually appealing and engaging site for our members and the public. In September, it was named one of the top five websites of the quarter by Sitefinity based on creativity and user experience. We also launched a new learning management system to help ease the process of tracking CE earned through AADE.

This fall, we added a nutrition enhancement tool to the Diabetes Goal Tracker mobile app. The addition helps people with diabetes track nutrition including calories, carbohydrates, total fat and sodium.

We started November with National Diabetes Education Week, releasing  the What is a Diabetes Educator? video, which explains who diabetes educators are, and what they do to help people with diabetes manage their disease. In addition, we released a Spanish-language Holiday Eating Tip Sheet

At the beginning of December, the Patient Education and Counseling Journal published our systematic review of literature, which supports the effectiveness of DSME. Publishing this study was part of our 2013-2015 Strategic Plan.   

Throughout the year, we released several new patient education resources that cover a variety of topics: 

Navigating the Grocery Store   Aging and Diabetes
Healthy Holiday Eating (Spanish) Being Physically Active
Sexuality and Diabetes Understanding Hypoglycemia
Tips for Travelling


Other highlights: In 2015, more people than ever sat for the BC-ADM exam, and the number of BC-ADM holders grew to nearly 1000. Our Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP) received a renewal for its accreditation services for diabetes education programs as it continues its sixth year. Over the course of this year, over 70 new programs received accreditation through AADE. Our Diabetes Prevention Program added 20 new sites this year,to bring it to a total of 45 sites. It also held its first two Lifestyle Coach Trainings outside of the CDC grant in November and December. We recently finalized our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, which will help us achieve our goals set out for the next few years.

We couldn’t have had a great year without our members, so thank you for your dedication to people with diabetes. We hope you have a great rest of 2015, and a happy New Year.



 AADE16 friday aug 12-monday aug 15, 2016

Call for Research Submissions 

Time is running out to submit a research abstract to be considered for presentation at AADE16. Submit your abstract by Monday, January 11, 2016.

By sharing your research, you will have an opportunity to share your knowledge, experiences and expertise with the diabetes education community. In addition, you will also be able to connect, collaborate and educate yourself and others about pressing diabetes-related issues.

Registration opens Tuesday, March 1! Start planning today with these great resources:

•  Do you have a chance to get reimbursed for attending AADE16? Use this resource to start the discussion with your employer.
•  Check out the travel resources available to AADE members
•  Split your hotel room costs with a fellow diabetes educator by finding a roommate through the Annual Meeting Room Share Request on MY AADE NETWORK.

Visit the AADE16 home page frequently for the latest updates.



It’s not too late to purchase the AADE15 Sessions on Demand. This package compiles the most sought-after sessions from the meeting.

Relive the empowering general sessions from keynote speakers, Dr. Jethwani, MD, MPH and Ann Albright, PhD, RD. Explore culinary medicine. Learn about the upcoming advances in diabetes care. Plus much more!

Here’s what to expect:
•  19 sessions on demand (up to 20.5 CE)
•  Sessions are available for up to two years after purchase
•  Each session includes a PDF version of the presentation slides

Pricing: $199 Members | $299 Nonmembers

Buy now.

As a reminder, AADE15 Corporate Symposia are also available on demand. Brought to you by Merck, Sanofi, BD and Novo Nordisk through independent educational grants, enjoy these free and popular corporate symposia. 

•   Cardiovascular Safety of Antihyperglycemic Agents in Type 2 Diabetes: What Does Recent Clinical Trail Data Mean for Your Patients? (1 CE)
•   Inhaled Insulin: A Breath of Fresh Air for the Treatment of Diabetes (1 CE)
•   Improving Patient Experience with Insulin Infusion Sets (1.5 CE)
•   The Case Elimination Challenge: Clinical Applications for the Use of Injectable Antihyperglycemic Therapies in T2DM (1.5 CE)



2016 CORE Concepts© Course Schedule Announced

Start planning ahead for the CDE® exam by attending a 2016 CORE Concepts Course

Over three days, instructors will explore the field of diabetes education through discussions and interactive case studies. They will review the diabetes self-management education tools most effective in assuring successful outcomes while you earn up to 22 CE.

Nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other healthcare providers interested in receiving a comprehensive review of diabetes education are encouraged to attend.

2016 Live Courses
•   March 14 – 16: Las Vegas, NV
•   August 12 – 15: San Diego, CA
•   September 29 – October 1: Dallas, TX
•   Nov 2 – 4: Rosemont, IL

Are you more of an online-learner? Check out CORE Concepts® Online. Cover all things diabetes education with a course facilitator as you engage in case studies and online discussions with other participants. 

It is required that you purchase The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference, 3rd Edition prior to the start of the course (must be purchased separately).

2016 Online Courses:
•   April 18- June 19

Check back soon for additional dates!

The use of AADE products does not guarantee successful passage of the CDE® exam. CDE is a registered mark owned by NCBDE. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDE® exam.

Members Share Feedback in Focus Groups

More than 60 AADE members shared their opinions and insights during four focus groups that were held during AADE15 this past August. The purpose of the research was to gain qualitative data to help us improve membership and marketing services to better meet members’ needs. 

The focus groups helped confirm and re-emphasize the importance of providing diabetes educators with free CE opportunities as well as significant discounts on Annual Meeting registration and many other courses and products. The findings also highlighted many other reasons why members joined and why they continue to be a part of the association. 

The following are a few of the most frequently cited reasons:

Networking and collaborating with peers. Members value the opportunity to meet peers with similar interests and the chance to learn from one another.

Opportunity to support their profession. They are proud to be a part of an organization that works toward advancing their profession and improving patient care.

Staying up-to-date on diabetes education. Whether it’s reading The Diabetes Educator or AADE in Practice, participating in webinars, reading AADE publications, or attending the Annual Meeting or local events, members look to AADE to stay informed.

These are just a few examples of the information gathered through the focus groups. A significant amount of data was shared through the sessions and the information learned will play a very important role in shaping the future of AADE membership and marketing strategies


The Fall Member Referral Contest has come to a close as the November winners have been selected. The final month’s winners are:

•   Tina Layton (Portsmouth, NH)
•   Karen Rosen-Junge (Northport, NY)
•   Lisa Schifer (Bucyrus, OH)

AADE congratulates these winners and would like to thank all of the contest participants who referred colleagues to join, as well as those who joined based on the recommendations of members.

Word of mouth is one of the most successful marketing tactics for organizations like AADE that have membership bases that are passionate and dedicated to helping their peers. We are continually looking for ways to reward members’ passion and commitment to helping grow AADE. Look for information about a new member referral contest early next year


As you head into the new year, are you looking to fill any job openings? Or perhaps one of your new year’s resolutions is to find a new position in 2016? Regardless, turn to the AADE Career Network to help you with any staffing or job search needs. 

If you’re an employer, there’s no better place to find a qualified diabetes educator. With more than 14,000 members with access to the site and thousands more who find the Career Network through online searches, AADE’s job board creates awareness of your opening like no other career resource can. 

For diabetes educators looking for a new position, this is your starting point. There is no cost to use the Career Network and it’s easy to use. You can browse available jobs, post your resume confidentially and create job alerts. The site also provides resources such as resume writing, reference checking and career coaching. 

Get 2016 off to a great start by checking out the AADE Career Network today


December 2015