Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

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A New Focus for Advocacy

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By Kurt Anderson, Director of Federal and State Advocacy

State legislatures, rather than the federal legislature, are increasingly making healthcare policy decisions. This shift prompted AADE to move toward a more locally-focused approach while still continuing our advocacy efforts at the federal level. Because these decisions are moving closer to home, we want our members to see they can engage with their state legislators and have a significant impact year-round.

Engaging with Legislators

AADE’s Kurt Anderson, Director of Federal and State Advocacy, is concentrating on Diabetes Action Plans (DAP) as a way for AADE members to be involved. Members can assist in writing or passing DAPs to help their states come up with a game plan to fight diabetes.

The idea is to prompt legislators to evaluate the magnitude of diabetes' impact on their constituents, what their state is doing to fight it (if anything), and then act on that information. DAPs are intended to require state officials from the Department of Health (or an equivalent agency) to develop a report every other year reflecting the financial and health impact of diabetes within that state and detail ongoing efforts of state programs that are addressing diabetes. Once a DAP is passed, the plan is written and distributed for the public and the legislature to act upon. Not all DAPs include legislation, as they are advisory in nature, but they are an important first step in encouraging states to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Be part of the change

To spur the creation or passage of a DAP, members can reach out to legislators and tell them why it would help their state fight diabetes. AADE has state-legislative district data sheets, and a flyer detailing what diabetes educators do, that members can use to facilitate meetings with legislators. Here is an example of a data sheet. If you are interested in becoming more active in the new local-level focus on advocacy, writing/passing a DAP or are willing to make a legislative visit, please contact Kurt Anderson at

20 for 3 in 2017

As an incentive, any state whose members make 20 verifiable legislative visits before June 1, 2017 will be eligible for a drawing to win three free registrations to the 2017 Annual Conference in Indianapolis. For more details on making legislative visits, contact Kurt Anderson.

Public Policy Forum Materials Available for Viewing

This shift in focus was also evident at the recent AADE Public Policy Forum, held in the Chicago-area rather than Washington, D.C. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you can learn more about the importance of advocacy and receive an update on healthcare reform with new materials on the AADE website, in the AADE Advocacy Forum area. They include well-known healthcare analyst Susan Dentzer’s presentation on advancing health and chronic illness, as well as presentations by Kurt Anderson, Lobbyist Bob Babbage and Diabetes Education Reimbursement Expert Mary Ann Hodorowicz.


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Vote Today!

The AADE election closes this Thursday, June 30! It is your member right and responsibility to choose the future leadership of your professional association. Each and every vote makes a difference.

The 2016 Nominating Committee is very pleased to present an extremely qualified group of individuals for each position. This is your opportunity to shape the future of AADE by voting for:

  • President-elect
  • Treasurer
  • Board of Directors
  • Nominating Committee

View the candidate biographies online.

To vote: By now, you should have received your electronic ballot by email. Your voting ballot will be associated with, and validated by the email address listed on your AADE member profile. Simply open the email from, click on the link provided within the email, and you will be taken directly to the online ballot – no username or password is required.

If you have not received your ballot by email, please call 952.974.2339 or email Technical support is available Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT, excluding holidays.

Thank you for your continued participation and dedication to AADE.


New AADE Fellows Chosen

Congratulations to the newly selected 2016 AADE Fellows:

  • Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CSSD, LD, FAADE
  • Kim C DeCoste, RN, MSN, CDE, MLDE, FAADE
  • Kathleen Gold, RN, MSN, CDE, FAADE
  • Ginny Ives, RD, LD, CDE, LCPC, FAADE
  • Joanne Rinker, RD, CDE, LDN, FAADE
  • Dian K. True RN, MA, CDE, FAADE

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.


Annual Conference

Don't Miss These AADE16 Events

By Gregg Lapin, Director of Meeting Services

Gregg_postAll of us at AADE Headquarters are excited about the upcoming annual conference in San Diego. Under Committee Chair Tammi Boiko, the Planning Committee leaders have put together a top-notch educational experience complemented by many returning customer appreciation events as well as some new additions.

Special thanks to Boston Scientific, Tandem and BD/Lilly for continuing their all-attendee customer appreciation events. Be sure to take advantage of these networking opportunities. New this year, Boston Scientific’s event is also a CE special symposia with the opportunity for one hour of additional CE credit.

Join AADE and Tandem Diabetes Care® for the AADE16 all-attendee event, Dancing Among the Stars, Friday, August 12, 2016. The event will showcase dance’s impact on health, and strategies to help incorporate dance-based exercise into the lives of people with diabetes, with special appearances by professional dancers and Mirror Ball Champions Tony Dovolani and Karina Smirnoff.

BD/Lilly are planning another special evening for Saturday, August 13 that you will not want to miss. This event, which is not only Rio-inspired but also Olympic-themed, will allow guests the opportunity to cheer on some of their favorite Olympic sports while sampling food from the five Olympic continents!

In addition to the great evening events, we have groundbreaking thought leaders ready to kick off each morning. Meet Dan Thurmon, author and peak performance expert, our keynote speaker on Saturday, August 13.

Join the AADE16 conversation by using our hashtag #AADE16 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out our pages frequently, especially Wednesdays and Fridays, as we post the latest updates and fun facts about San Diego.

We are almost at 3,000 professional registrants! The lucky 3,000th registrant will receive complimentary registration for AADE17 in Indianapolis. Register now for your chance to be the 3,000th registrant!

See you in San Diego!


Patient Resources

New Tip Sheets on Blood Glucose Monitoring Now Available

educator glucose tip sheetAADE just released a new resource to help you talk about blood glucose monitoring with your patients.

Cover the basics of blood glucose monitoring and why it is important to monitor on a regular basis. Share tips and tricks to safely maximize the benefits of monitoring. Reference expert recommendations and guidelines from the AACE and ADA to develop individualized care plans for your patients.

In addition to these resources to use with patients, we’ve included a tip sheet specifically for educators to help you perform an efficient and effective analysis of glucose monitoring data.

If you are interested in additional resources on blood glucose monitoring, these tips sheets are a perfect complement to the online course series, Monitoring: From Measuring to Mastering Management.

Special thanks to Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, for helping to develop the content and to Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, LLC for providing us with an educational grant.



Professional Development

What's Next for Your DSME Program?

You’ve already learned everything you need to know about building a successful DSME program, but how do you sustain its success long into the future? Itt’s time to learn how to maximize your resources, stimulate creativity and start thinking like a business to increase your referrals.

Sustaining Your Diabetes Education Program workshop is making its debut on Thursday, August 11 in San Diego, CA. As a preconference course at AADE16, this is the perfect way to kick off four full days of CE-earning potential.

Over the course of the workshop, you will dive into a case study of a successful program and cover the six essential components of a DSME program business plan. You will learn strategies for monitoring and reporting DSME outcomes to providers and how to survey an onsite Medicare audit. Then, you’ll create your marketing and financial plan to expand your program’s reach and increase referrals while also ensuring these align with new models of care.

This course is ideal for experienced program managers interested in pushing the limits of their program’s reach and capabilities.



*Please note you will be taken to the AADE16 Annual Conference registration site. When completing the registration form, select Sustaining Your Diabetes Education Program listed in the "Preconference" section. This preconference course requires a separate registration fee and offers 7 CE.



CDE Prep in San Diego

You’ve been contemplating the CDE® exam and have decided there is no better time to start preparing. You’re in luck! For the first time, CORE Concepts Course is co-located with the annual meeting in San Diego, Friday, August 12 – Monday, August 15.

Spend four days comparing and contrasting the pathophysiology of each type of diabetes and discussing strategies for promoting healthy eating and being active. Identify tactics to promote healthy coping and the importance of glucose monitoring while integrating approaches to reduce health risks in patients with or at risk for diabetes.

While attending CORE Concepts, you won't have to miss out on some of the best AADE16 highlights! At no extra cost, you'll be able to attend AADE16 general sessions each morning before CORE concepts begins. You can also browse the exhibit hall on your lunch break and participate in fun-filled evening events!


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


Diabetes Prevention Program Update

AADE DPP Making an Impact in Oklahoma

AADE_DPPAADE’s Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) across the nation are supporting the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) to provide diabetes prevention education to populations in need. One program in particular, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in Talihina, OK, has made it a priority to enhance their community by providing opportunities to engage in healthy and productive lifestyles.

After joining the NDPP, the first Choctaw cohort, the group of individuals who participate in the year-long Lifestyle Change Program, was created in June 2013 and since then, over 80 participants have enrolled and 6 cohorts have been implemented. The primary sources of recruitment are through the community and word-of-mouth.

Continued interest and commitment to the program comes from the interactive and informative sessions, where lifestyle coaches help participants learn new skills, encourage them to set and achieve goals and to keep them motivated. Three sites provide potluck dinners where participants have the opportunity to bring low-fat foods and to share recipes with the group.

Wellness and activity is promoted not only to those enrolled in the program, but to the entire community through activities such as 5K runs and walks. Stickball and Choctaw dancing are taught to promote physical activity which brings families together and creates communities. A new “Yappalli” program incorporates stories to tell of the hopes and of ancestors to promote personal health and to pass those dreams and hopes to future generations.

Choctaw Nation is strongly committed to its community well-being and to sustaining the NDPP. They have held three cohorts at work sites within Choctaw Nation and plan to hold others throughout Choctaw Nation work sites in the future. The State Department of Health is currently working with Oklahoma state legislators to cover diabetes management prevention for all state employees and assisting tribes across the state to establish prevention programs.

To learn more about the NDPP and supporting research, review our FAQs.


Advocacy Update

Seven Weeks of Action with AADE

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While we detailed our new state-based efforts earlier in this issue, federal advocacy is still critical to our mission. We need your help in contacting your Members of Congress regarding the Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act – H.R. 1726/S. 1345! We are urging them to support and co-sponsor this legislation because the work of diabetes educators is crucial to the millions of Americans impacted by diabetes.

We invite you to join us in a Week of Action based on your specific state as we utilize multiple outlets to reach specific Members of Congress. Your involvement in this event is essential because you represent the constituent voice! Check out the Advocacy blog for the full schedule.

Here's how to take action:

  • Check out the letter to your legislator asking for support of the Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act.
  • Throughout your state's week, send tweets to your legislators:

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The Coordinating Bodies with the best participation and success rates will be recognized by AADE Advocacy when we kick off AADE16 in San Diego!



Membership Update

New Member Benefit on its Way!

AADE7_Prompt_Deck_Packaging_CoverCheck your mailboxes for our newest patient education resource. The popular AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors™ prompt deck has been updated and reformatted with content targeted to both English- and Spanish-speaking patients.

Each deck features bilingual cards full of discussion questions, Q&A and activities as well as an educator user guide with detailed information and additional resources. A web based version of this prompt deck and the AADE complications deck will also be available in your Health Slate tablet.

If you are an active AADE member and have not received a prompt deck by the end of June, please contact member engagement at 1.800.338.3633.

This project was made possible thanks to Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly.


June 2016