Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

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Planning for the Future: 2016-2018 Strategic Plan Released

We pause at the beginning of each year to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. 2016 is special because it marks the beginning of a new AADE strategic plan that will guide our direction and influence our decisions over the next three years. Immediate Past President Deborah Greenwood and 2016 President Hope Warshaw recently released a video introducing and delving into the Strategic Plan (below).

The AADE Board of Directors continuously scans the healthcare and diabetes education environment to ensure the association is well-positioned to support the needs of members, and to contribute to the greater healthcare community. The Board gathers feedback, monitors and explores trends, and gives careful thought to the future state of diabetes education. An outgrowth of this process is the development of a strategic plan.

The new 2016-2018 Strategic Plan provides AADE with a roadmap to help us realize our updated mission statement – empower diabetes educators to expand the horizons of innovative education, management and support. Five core principles guide our mission:

  • The person with, affected by or at risk for diabetes is at the center of the diabetes care team.
  • The diabetes educator is an essential member of the diabetes care team.
  • Evidence is the basis of our science and practice.
  • Quality diabetes prevention and diabetes self-management education and support should be accessible to all individuals.
  • Diabetes self-management education and support must evolve through innovation to reach its greatest impact.

The plan addresses the factors that influence today’s diabetes educator, including new and emerging roles, technology and the connected health environment, and new models of affordable care. It commits AADE to being the diabetes educator’s top resource for professional development and career enhancement, as well as their representative in conversations with legislators, fellow healthcare professional associations and other important decision makers.

AADE has created an ambitious yet achievable plan that will move the organization closer to achieving the overall vision of optimal health care for all persons with, affected by or at risk for diabetes and related chronic conditions.

Review the specific strategies and intended outcomes of the AADE 2016-2018 Strategic Plan.



Step UP and Step FORWARD

Apply for an AADE leadership position today.The AADE Nominating Committee is currently conducting a search for leadership talent among our active 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. It’s a great opportunity to exchange ideas and network with AADE leadership across the country.

Positions available in the 2016 election include:

Applications for leadership positions are available now. The deadline for completed applications is January 31, 2016.

Thank you for your continued participation and dedication to AADE. For questions related to the 2016 election, please contact


Are You a Candidate for a 2016 AADE Award?

AADE AwardsIt's time to apply or nominate a colleague for a 2016 AADE Award. Each year during the Annual Meeting, we recognize excellence in diabetes education and service to the association and the larger diabetes community.

Do you or someone you know exemplify the qualities for one of these awards? Learn more and apply today.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes an individual who exemplifies the proud history of diabetes education and serves as extraordinary role model.

Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award
Recognizes outstanding contributions and service to this association in honor of the first AADE president.

Diabetes Educator of the Year Award
Honors a diabetes educator who has made a special contribution to the field through dedication and innovation in patient care.

Innovative Use of Media and Technology Award
This award supports the innovative use of media and technology to advance diabetes self-management education and training. The project submitted should have significantly improved self-management among individual patient practices or broad diabetes populations.

Rising Star Award
This award recognizes a diabetes educator who has less than three years of diabetes education experience and has demonstrated leadership and commitment in his or her practice.


AADE Members Receive Discount for Upcoming Certified Diabetes Technology Clinician Credentialing Program

The Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) is offering a discount to AADE members who want to attend the 2016 Certified Diabetes Technology Clinician (CDTC) credentialing program on April 29-30, 2016 at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley in San Diego, California. The CDTC course will cover why, when and how to use the latest technologies for patients with diabetes. It will focus on: blood glucose monitoring, continuous glucose monitoring and insulin delivery. To date, over 300 diabetes clinicians have been credentialed.

From the DTS: If you are a diabetes clinician who wants to better understand the science and applications of new technologies, consider attending this course. The certification examination, given at the conclusion of the program, is optional. However, participants are encouraged to complete the exam since the questions are derived from course content. If you wish to study in advance, a list of references is provided. Although anyone is welcome to take the course, only those who meet the certification requirements are eligible to sit for the exam.


  • Valid License (Registered Nurse, Physician's Assistant, Registered Dietitian, Pharmacist, Physician, or Osteopath)
  • Over 100 hours of clinical practice using diabetes technology over the previous three years. Clinical practice in diabetes management includes using blood glucose monitoring, continuous glucose monitoring, insulin pump therapy, and/or software for insulin dose adjustments.

Call the DTS office to obtain your $100 AADE member discount and reserve your space at the 2016 CDTC: (650) 692-7100.


Annual Meeting

Mark Your Calendar: AADE16 Registration Opening Soon


Beginning on Friday, August 12, San Diego will be flooded with diabetes educators attending AADE16. Are you getting as excited as we are? Registration officially opens on Tuesday, March 1, but it's never too early to start planning:

Visit the AADE16 homepage frequently for the latest updates.


Advocacy Update

Thank You for Supporting Diabetes Education

2015 was a very productive year for our federal advocacy efforts. We have made many strides in advancing our federal legislation – the Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act of 2015 (H.R. 1726/S. 1345) – and our members have been tremendous in helping us reach out to key members of Congress. Here are a few highlights from the past year:

  • AADE members, representing the “constituent voice,” sent over 3,500 letters to Congress through our Advocacy Action Center encouraging their support in the form of co-sponsorship.
  • Members also helped us fight back via calls, emails and social media when opposing organizations were misrepresenting our federal bill.
  • Our federal legislation reached a total of 38 Congressional co-sponsors by December (31 House and 7 Senate).

 PPF 2015

Additionally, we were very successful in raising member awareness and engagement at two of our key events. During the Public Policy Forum in June, 67 key stakeholders, representing 31 states, convened in Washington, DC to advocate on behalf of their profession, persons with diabetes and relevant diabetes-related legislative and regulatory issues. A total of 98 meetings were held with members of Congress and staffers.

In August at our Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, we arranged mobile Advocacy Action Centers throughout the main conference venue for attendees to send “on the spot” letters to their Congressional representatives. A total of 736 letters were sent to members of Congress during the Annual Meeting alone.

Throughout 2015 we also strengthened our involvement with the following diabetes advocacy coalitions and organizational partners:

  • Diabetes Advocacy Alliance (DAA)
  • Health IT Now
  • Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD)
  • Diabetes Access to Care Coalition (DACC)
  • Rx4Us
  • Medicare Advantage Chronic Condition Task Force
  • Prescriptions for a Healthy America
  • Vision Safety Coalition

Stepping into 2016, AADE member engagement and participation will be critical in our push for more support and recognition on Capitol Hill regarding diabetes education/educator legislation.

Throughout the first quarter we will be working with Coordinating Body (CB) leaders and State Grassroots Coordinators (SGC) to refresh all our members on our advocacy goals, and to circulate quick and easy actionable items throughout the year.

In the meantime, visit the Advocacy page for updates on federal legislation, and feel free to email us at with any questions, comments or concerns. We look forward to reaching new heights and another productive year of advocating on behalf of diabetes education!


Professional Development

Boost Your Knowledge with Live Learning

AADE is bringing you more onsite learning opportunities than ever before! Cover the latest diabetes medications or start preparing for the CDE® exam. Build a brand new diabetes education and prevention program or take your existing DSME program to the next level. We have the courses and workshops to meet your educational needs.

Pharmacology Boot Camp 4 CE
Join us on February 26 in Rosemont, IL to strengthen your knowledge of diabetes medications. Check out other 2016 dates and locations.

CCC logoCORE Concepts Course© 22 CE
Cover the fundamentals for diabetes education as you prepare to earn or renew your CDE®. The first 2016 course takes place March 14-16 in Las Vegas, NV. View all 2016 dates and locations.

Building Your Diabetes Education and Prevention Program 10 CE
Learn everything you need and more to build a successful diabetes education and prevention program. Join us March 14-15 in Las Vegas, NV. View all 2016 dates and locations.

NEW! Sustaining Your Diabetes Education Program 6 CE
Take your existing DSME program to new heights by learning how to maximize your resources, stimulate creativity and start thinking like a business to increase your referrals. This inaugural course starts August 11 in San Diego, CA. Check back soon for registration information.

lfc trainingLifestyle Coach Training 11.5 CE
Acquire the skills needed to deliver a successful National Diabetes Prevention Program at your site in this two-day workshop. First training takes place in Chicago, IL on March 31- April 1. Get all the details.

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.


Online Learning at Your Fingertips

recorded-webinarWe offer a robust online catalog filled with learning opportunities that allow you to learn wherever you have internet access.

Choose from: 90-minute recorded webinars that are adapted from the live versions, online courses that allow up to six months to complete and even a nine-week online edition of the CORE Concepts® Course.

Don’t forget, AADE15 Sessions on Demand are still available for purchase!

Find something for your schedule.


Take Advantage of Your Benefits

Don't forget that you have access to more than 20 hours of complimentary CE as a member. Earn CE while learning about key topics in the world of diabetes education.

Here are just some of the programs you can take to enhance your knowledge:

Learn more about these courses and others with complimentary CE.


Membership News

Help Your Friends Warm Up to AADE This Winter

membership_champProvide your colleagues a warm welcome to AADE this winter by encouraging them to join you as a member. Ensure they enjoy the same access to free CE, patient resources and a network of more than 14,000 diabetes educators by referring them to join AADE, and you may win one of five free memberships being awarded during the Winter Member Referral Contest.

To enter, simply refer a friend or colleague by completing this brief online form. Once your referral joins AADE, you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing for a free membership.

More than 150 members referred members in 2015. Add your name to the list and join them as AADE Membership Champions in 2016.



Coming Soon: A New Look

Work is under way to bring a new look and feel to MY AADE NETWORK in early 2016! We will soon provide members with one of the biggest and most important updates to the MY AADE NETWORK website ever: a brand new, re-designed from top-to-bottom, User Interface (UI). This new UI will provide a modern web experience for members.

Some of the improvements you can expect to find are:

  • Responsive support built into all pages for mobile and tablet use
  • Easier to use/intuitive navigation
  • Standardized design across all communities
  • Improved search capabilities

We will be providing a series of all-new training materials for your reference, available beginning in February 2016, and an official launch date in March 2016.


Hot Conversations

AADE members are using MY AADE NETWORK to get their questions answered and reach out to other educators. Here are some of the conversations you may have missed this month…

Anyone working with GDM women and WIC?
(Diabetes Prevention COI Discussions)
Just curious if anyone has partnered with WIC to get women who have a history of GDM into the DPP? If you've worked with WIC, please share any insights about partnering with them, and how you are targeting these women at high risk for type 2 diabetes. THANK YOU!Read more

Day of Discharge Consults/A1C Benchmarks
(Inpatient Management COI Discussions)
“I would like some feedback from inpatient diabetes educators who have experienced last minute consults for diabetes education when a patient is ready to be discharged. This is not an ideal situation to say the least. I am using this issue to create a process improvement project and since we are magnet hospital, I want to use this project as a Magnet Story of Impact. I would like feedback on what consult process you have at your hospital to get your consults in a timely manner so pts have time to digest information and practice new skills. These last minute consults can take up to 2 hours for some pts. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.Read more

As an AADE member, you can join in to one of these conversations, or start your own! Log in to find out about the topics being discussed in AADE’s Communities of Interest, Practice Area Groups and in discussion forums across the nation.


January 2016