Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

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Feature Article:

Have You Checked Out the New AADE Website?

We launched a new AADE website earlier this month!Website homepage on computer screen graphic

Have you seen it? If not, take a look:

It was designed to reflect what you’ve told us you need now, and builds upon technology capable of addressing future needs. You’ll notice streamlined menus, simpler navigation and an easy way to see what’s new.

Start exploring the new

  • Review key Practice resources like the new algorithm and guidance on when to refer to diabetes education, entrepreneurial tools and the Diabetes Prevention Program. 
  • Discover Patient Resources which offers a wealth of materials and guidance for people living with diabetes and handy tip sheets for you to provide during your education sessions. 
  • Explore the wide variety of Education & Career opportunities we offer through our courses, career network, accreditation and certification and volunteer opportunities. 
  • Read the News & Publications area which gives you online access to our two journals, newsletter and our Diabetes Education Blog. 
  • Take advantage of the Research section which gives you studies demonstrating the value of diabetes education to share with your employer.
  • Take action through Advocacy and support federal and state legislation that seeks more access to diabetes education. 

  • We hope you like the new website as much as we do!


    News and Activities:

    AADE15: Are You Ready?

    In less than a month, AADE15 will be taking over New Orleans for four days, turning it into the mecca for all hings diabetes education. Educators from across the country will come together to learn about the latest developments in the field, share best practices and have a blast catching up with old friends.

    Are you ready to go? If you haven’t already done so, register now. Once this is taken care of, make sure you have your travel and hotel stay booked. Then, check out some other great resources to help you plan your trip:

  • AADE15 forum on MY AADE NETWORK. Get the latest updates on the meeting, connect with current attendees who are looking for roommates and add to the AADE15 playlist.
  • My AADE15 Planner inspiration. Educators are mapping out their AADE15 experience and have shared the sessions they plan to attend and what they are looking forward to most on the exhibit floor. Use these as inspiration to build your own planner.
  • Tips and tricks for navigating New Orleans. Get city updates, tour and restaurant recommendations plus much more to help you explore the city.

  • Now for the fun stuff…

    We know that education is a priority while you are at AADE15, but don’t forget to have some fun, too! Make sure to add some of our exciting evening events to your schedule: 

    Evening Events. Meeting the leaders of AADE’s CBs and COIs at their Networking Reception. Join the discussion about Erectile Dysfunction followed by a reception hosted by AMS. Cut loose at Dancing Among the Stars, sponsored by Tandem Diabetes Care. Attend the New Orleans themed reception brought to you by Lilly Diabetes and Becton, Dickinson and Company. Dance the night away with friends at the 2nd Annual Celebration of Giving,* hosted by the AADE Foundation. Plus additional activities to keep you busy well into the evenings!

    We hope you’re as excited as we are! See you in New Orleans.

    *This event requires a ticket to attend. To purchase in advance, call Wyndham Jade at (800) 486-9644 or purchase onsite.

    AADE15 banner


    The Diabetes Prevention COI: “Working on the front end of the diabetes continuum”

    Introducing: The Diabetes Prevention COI! It’s a new AADE Community of Interest developed by your fellow AADE members interested in working on the front end of the diabetes continuum. It is intended to be a networking and discussion group for those interested in learning more about, or providing the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in their communities, who desire a peer-group to learn from, have discussions with, and gain resources from. The Communities of Interest are one way to engage with other diabetes educators nationally, and this COI’s focus is connecting you with those who are experienced in providing this evidence-based lifestyle change program for reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes.

    The National DPP, a highly successful national clinical trial, demonstrated a reduction in the incidence of diabetes by 58 percent through intensive lifestyle change. The National DPP has been modified for group classes, and is intended to be provided over the course of many months to a full year. Behavior change takes time, and these classes engage people in long-term lifestyle changes that ultimately may reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes.

    In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) selected AADE as one of six partner organizations to assist in expanding the reach of the National DPP. An overarching goal of this project is to make the Lifestyle Change Program a covered healthcare benefit for people with prediabetes. It also highlights the leadership role that diabetes educators can play in prevention efforts.

    With an estimated 86 million Americans with prediabetes, there is a growing tidal wave of interest in diabetes risk reduction and prevention nationally, and this COI is focused on giving you the resources and connections to help you become knowledgeable about the DPP and how this evidence-based lifestyle program is being implemented in communities. Diabetes educators are uniquely qualified to provide these programs, and we want to help position you to be involved in working on the front end of the diabetes continuum. Join your colleagues in the Diabetes Prevention COI…we’d love to have you!

    Marci Butcher, RD, CDE
    Co-leader, Diabetes Prevention COI
    Montana Diabetes Program 
    Montana DPHHS


    Kurt Anderson Joins AADE as Director of Federal and State Advocacy

    Kurt AndersonWe are pleased to announce that Kurt Anderson was recently hired to lead AADE’s efforts to increase access to diabetes education at the federal and state levels. 

    Kurt comes to AADE with more than 17 years of experience in legislative and government affairs. Most recently, he was assistant legislative chief of staff for former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn where, among other accomplishments, he played a key role in Illinois’ implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

    Prior to that, Kurt served as the director of intergovernmental affairs with the Service Employees International Union, Illinois Council. There, he created and administered the union’s grassroots-oriented legislative and PAC program, directed lobbying assignments and trained local members on the legislative and political process. He also co-created and guided the long-term legislative agenda and briefed leaders on all pending initiatives.

    “I am very excited to be working again in a membership-driven organization and to be working with such a dedicated group of health care professionals. I hope to help AADE reach our legislative goals and to expand our influence further into the health care community,” says Kurt. 

    Kurt completed his BA at St. John’s University (MN), and has a Paralegal Degree from Roosevelt University (IL). 

    If you’re planning to be at AADE15 next month, be sure to stop by the AADE Booth to introduce yourself to Kurt, talk with him about our legislation in Congress and, most importantly, have him help you send a quick email to your congresspersons asking them to support The Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act.


    Happy 5th Anniversary and a New MY AADE NETWORK Service

    My aade network bannerAADE15 next month will mark five years since we launched MY AADE NETWORK. We know that these five years have required our volunteer leaders to embrace new processes and technology, as well as to foster more statewide collaborations with other AADE leaders.

    Change is never easy, but we continue to see the effort and accomplishments by all of you to make MY AADE NEWORK grow and thrive with more educational offerings and increased attendance at your programs each year.

    Throughout this time, we (AADE staff) have looked for ways to make the administration of your CB and LNG as painless and as easy as possible. With that goal in mind, we are excited to tell you of a new online service that will be available to CB and LNG leaders this fall.

    We are working with Lighthouse Printing Inc., to create the MY AADE NETWORK CB and LNG Store. You will be able to order t-shirts, badge holders, attendee bags, and giveaways for your upcoming programs and have it billed directly to your CB or LNG AADE account. This will eliminate having to use your personal credit card to purchase these items and then wait for a reimbursement check. Look for the grand opening announcement with all the details regarding this new online store.

    We thank you for all your hard work these past five years and we look forward to working together with you and the continued growth of MY AADE NETWORK- Happy 5th Anniversary!


    Host an event to help your patients’ transition from high school to college

    College diabetes network logo“Off to College,” or “Transitioning” events can be extremely helpful for students with diabetes who are preparing to begin college. The events center on preparing them, their families and their healthcare providers with resources to ease the transition from high school to college. 

    Consider offering this service to your college-bound patients. To help you, the College Diabetes Network has created a free guide that includes:Information on how to organize an “Off to College Event” on a budget

  • Tips on where to find funding for an “Off to College Event”
  • Handouts for attendees
  • Topics to cover and important points to cover within each topic
  • Template Budgets

  • To receive one, fill out this form.

    For more information on college and diabetes, blogs from chapter leaders and student members, as well as CDN, visit or contact Mindy Bartleson here.


    New AADE Fellows Chosen

    Congratulations to the newly selected 2015 AADE Fellows:

  • Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, CEEAA 
  • Donna Ryan, RN, RD, MPH, CDE 
  • Cecilia Sauter, MS, RD, CDE 
  • Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM 

  • AADE Fellows are a distinguished group of diabetes educators who are recognized for outstanding contributions to diabetes education through clinical practice, research, education or health policy. See the full list of all those who have achieved this status


    DSME Program Management Tools

    Whether you’re a program manager or staff, we have resources to fit your needs. Check out the latest edition of the CQI: A Step-by-Step Guide for Quality Improvement in Diabetes Education, 3rd Edition. Now in an updated workbook format, it will help you to plan, implement, evaluate and maintain improvements for your CQI projects. Each book includes reproducible forms and checklists for the planning and documentation project.

    Looking for a live, one-day workshop where you can learn all the essential skills needed for a successful diabetes self-management education (DSME) program? Attend one of AADE’s upcoming workshops: Building Your Diabetes Education Program: “Everything You Need to Know and More.” The next workshop kicks off on Tuesday, August 4 in New Orleans (an AADE15 pre-conference course). Click here to register.

    Another option is our online course, DSMES Program Management which will help you plan, implement and maintain a successful diabetes self-management education and support program. It covers operations, marketing, financial, quality management and clinical planning.


    Studying for the CDE Exam? 

    We’ve got a study guide just for you. The newly revised Review Guide for the Certified Diabetes Educator® Exam includes test-taking tips, self-assessment quizzes for each of the three sections of the CDE exam and two 200 question practice exams. An answer key provides the rationale for each of the multiple-choice questions, furthering your comprehension. Learn more about preparing for the CDE® exam here


    New NDEP Resource on Medication Adherence

    New from the National Diabetes Education Program is Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes, a web resource to support healthcare professionals in promoting medication-taking behavior among their patients and within their teams. 

    It contains practical resources to share with patients, such as handouts, videos, presentations, training guides and assessment tools. The resource also includes a section on scientific evidence related to medication adherence and features journal articles.

    Share your successes
    NDEP also encourages you to submit your work on this topic. Visit to find and submit resources or articles that can help promote medication-taking behavior. If your team has successfully made changes to improve medication-taking behavior with your patients, submit that too. Your team’s example could be featured on the site.



    Patient Successes Put a Face to Diabetes Educators’ Work

    Maria ibarra

    Being active is essential, especially for those with diabetes, and Maria Ibarra learned this firsthand.When Maria first met with AADE Board President Deborah Greenwood, she was two years into a diabetes diagnosis and had no management plan. Together, the two turned a scary diagnosis of type 2 diabetes into the inspiration for Maria to become a 5K runner, as well as a reason to pass healthy habits on to her daughters. At Deborah’s suggestion, Maria now finds ways throughout the day to be active, and has joined a patient advocacy and advisory committee to help others manage their diabetes. 

    For diabetes patient Tony Essex, his wake up call came on his 28th wedding anniversary, when undiagnosed diabetes symptoms landed him in the emergency room. He left the hospital after learning he had type 2 diabetes and was connected with a diabetes educator. Through group diabetes education, he and his wife have learned how to manage his diabetes and also cope with depression and stress. “The best thing that ever happened to me was the day I walked into my first diabetes education class,” Essex said. Tony essex

    Stories like Maria’s and Tony’s are a testament to the important and powerful work diabetes educators do.Putting a face to the people who work with diabetes educators also helps educate the public on your role in managing diabetes. We invite you to read Maria’s full story and repost it from AADE’s Facebook page. Tony’s full story is here and can be found on Facebook here

    These patient stories were secured as part of the AADE Professional and Public Awareness Campaign. If you want to share a story of one of your patient’s successes or learn more about the campaign, email us at


    Be a Patient Education Material Reviewer

    Looking to volunteer?  AADE is looking for members to be part of the Favorably Reviewed review team. Reviewers will evaluate patient education material for accuracy of diabetes information, readability and grade level, diversity, and appropriateness for target audience, among other criteria. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer or have questions, email Dawn Sherr, Associate Director Content Development at


    Participate in Columbia University Diabetes Project

    Researchers from Columbia University are looking for experienced diabetes educators to provide comments on and help enrich a sharable collection of specific approaches to maintain glycemic control. Participate in a research project and share you knowledge of successful diabetes self-management strategies! For more information contact Lena Mamykina, PhD.,


    Check CORE Concepts® Off Your List

    The next CDE® exam registration deadline is September 15 so if preparing to earn or renew your CDE® has made your fall checklist, now is the time to start planning. Consider attending a live CORE Concepts® Course.

    Dive into the world of diabetes education during three days of case studies, interactive discussion and hands-on activities let by experts in the field. Brainstorm new ideas and share best practices with fellow healthcare professionals while earning up to 24 CE.

    We have added some new features for 2015 attendees:

  • Online CDE® exam test-taking strategies module
  • Access to online study materials and CDE® exam practice questions
  • Access to online version of slide sets

  • Register for an upcoming course:
  • September 17-19 Rosemont/O'Hare, IL 
  • October 15-17 Reston, VA   

  • *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.


    Late Summer Webinars

    Take a break from your beach reads and catch an upcoming live webinar:

    August 19 Latest Developments in Insulin Therapy
    From concentrated insulin to inhaled insulin, explore how more recent insulin options fit into the treatment of diabetes.

    September 9 Focus on Sweeteners: Low-Calorie Sugars
    Learn how new low-calorie sugars, like allulose, impact blood glucose and get tools to help your patients manage their numbers. *This webinar is free to all attendees*

    Busy schedule? Don’t worry; all live webinars are released for purchase as recorded webinars a few weeks after they air. Browse all recorded webinars.


    Interested in International Diabetes Issues?

    The World Diabetes Congress set for Vancouver in November

    Organized by the International Diabetes Federation, the World Diabetes Congress will take place in Vancouver, November 30 - December 4, 2015. Experts in diabetes care from around the world will exchange diabetes research and best practices. Physicians, scientists, nurses, diabetes educators and other healthcare professionals, as well as government officials, policy makers and representatives from 230 IDF Member Associations will gather to learn, discover and connect. Browse the scientific sessions here and make sure to register by September 11 to take advantage of the standard registration rate and save up to 20 percent.

    International Diabetes Foundation Vancouver facility


    July 2015



    Webinar - Latest Developments in Insulin Therapy

    Webinar - Focus on Sweeteners: Low-calorie Sugars

    This webinar is free for AADE members