Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

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Join Us in Celebrating National Diabetes Education Week

November 6 – 12 is your time to shine! During National Diabetes Education Week (NDEW), we will be showcasing your passion as diabetes educators and highlighting all the good you do for those affected by diabetes.

Stay tuned to during the week for new patient and educator resources, trending topics, contests and more; including a special Facebook mask to show your Diabetes Educator colors!

NDEW proud deWin a $100 gift card! Here’s how it works: from now until November 6, email us at with a few sentences on why you are proud to be a diabetes educator. Include your first name, your city and your state. The best responses will be posted on our social media channels and website during National Diabetes Education Week, and one lucky entry will win a $100 gift card!

Important Dates: Throughout NDEW and diabetes awareness month, we will be working with other organizations to promote diabetes education. Here are a few important dates to remember:

Thursday, November 3, 2 p.m. EST: As part of the Together 2 Goal® National Day of Action, AADE will join a Twitter chat with Together 2 Goal® (@AMGAFhealth) and the Diabetes Hands Foundation (@diabeteshf) that will focus on tips for thriving with diabetes and supporting those living with it. To participate, use #T2Gchat. One lucky participant will win a boxing glove signed by world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard.

Tuesday, November 15, 1 p.m. EST: Join the FDA and AADE for a chat on diabetes education and its role in curbing the diabetes epidemic. The patient community and healthcare professionals will be represented in this chat and all are encouraged to participate. Stay tuned for the hashtag to join the conversation.


Health Observances and ​Trending Articles

National Health Observances


Health Literacy Month


National Diabetes Month

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

November 6-12: National Diabetes Education Week

November 14: World Diabetes Day

Trending Articles

FDA Approves First Automated Insulin Delivery Device for Type 1 Diabetes

J&J Warns Diabetic Patients: Insulin Pump Vulnerable to Hacking

Knowing the Difference Between Hypo- and Hyperglycemia

New Diabetes Tech on the Horizon: What's Coming by Mid-2017 in the US?

Optimizing Insulin Injection - Expert Recommendations from FITTER

Prediabetes Day at AADE 2016 Conference Offers Optimistic Outlook on Diabetes Prevention

Why Does Diabetes Make You So Thirsty?

AADE blog: Identifying Key Components of Diabetic Retinopathy



Share Your Knowledge at AADE17

The Annual Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit an education session proposal to be considered for presentation at AADE17 in Indianapolis. Presenting at the conference is an excellent opportunity for you to share your knowledge, experiences and expertise with the diabetes education community.

More than 3,500 diabetes educators and other healthcare professionals are expected to gather at AADE17 in Indianapolis, IN Friday, August 4 through Monday, August 7, 2017. 

Submit a proposal today.

  • Education Session deadline: November 9
  • Research Abstract deadline: January 11

Watch the highlights from AADE16:


You've Got Stories: We Want to Hear Them

AADE in Practice sept 2016 coverHave a story to tell? Share your experiences with your fellow diabetes educators. AADE in Practice is looking for practice-focused articles – some short, others in-depth – that explore the heart and science of diabetes education.

While AADE in Practice includes a wide variety of articles, the one commonality among them all is that they offer practical advice and direction for incorporating diabetes education best practices into your day-to-day activities.

Explore the various columns within the journal, determine where you can contribute your experiences and share them with your diabetes educator colleagues!



Updates to The Value of Diabetes Education Evidence

Over the last several years, we have made it a priority to build a body of evidence demonstrating the value of diabetes educators and DSME in enhancing a variety of outcomes: clinical, financial, utilization, behavioral and satisfaction.

We recently updated all our citations and added 2 new citations in 2016. The body of research includes findings from many areas, including: the importance of diabetes educators in improving quality of life for people with diabetes; the feasibility of smartphone-delivered DSME and DSMT for underserved populations; and the validity of the AADE National Diabetes Prevention Program model in helping patients to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, to name a few.

View these and more.


diaTribe: An Informative Patient Resource

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With the tagline, Making Sense of Diabetes, diaTribe is an online resource designed to keep your patients (and you) on the forefront of diabetes news and technology/medication advancements.

Recent articles focus on two FDA diabetes technology approvals, including the MiniMed 670G Hybrid Closed Loop System, the first automated basal insulin delivery system, and the FreeStyle Libre Pro Professional CGM System.

Additional articles in that issue include:



Practice Documents

New Practice Guidelines on Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion Therapy in Adults

New guidelines from the Endocrine Society were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. They present a review of the literature and practice recommendations for the appropriate use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) devices in adults with diabetes.

There are six evidence-based recommendations obtained from systematic reviews and individual studies related to these devices. They cover the areas of:

  1. Insulin pump therapy without sensor augmentation
  2. Insulin pump therapy in type 2 diabetes
  3. Insulin pump use in the hospital
  4. Selection of candidates for insulin pump therapy
  5. Use of bolus calculators in insulin pump therapy
  6. Real-time continuous glucose monitors in adult outpatients

These guidelines enable diabetes educators to better identify appropriate candidates for CGM and CSII, and to ensure those individuals receive the education, training and ongoing support needed to achieve and maintain individualized glycemic goals. The recommendations reinforce the importance of a multidisciplinary, collaborative education process with ongoing assessment of the patient's self-care behaviors and knowledge, as well as support the need for diabetes educators to have resources to support the safe and effective uses of CGM and CSII devices.

Read the new guidelines.


Professional Development

Dive into Diabetes Education in Chicago

CORE Concepts® Course is taking over the Chicagoland area on Wednesday, November 2 through Friday, November 4.

If you learn best through lively discussions and hands-on activities, consider registering for CORE Concepts® live in Rosemont, IL. Conveniently located at the Crowne Plaza Chicago/O’Hare hotel, the course will cover everything from the basics of diabetes education and the AADE7 Self Care Behaviors™ to monitoring tactics and medications.

This isn’t your typical lecture-style conference. You will learn through hands-on activities, like a carb-counting skills workshop and interactive discussions with your peers and instructors. Plus, you'll gain access to online materials to help you continue your studies.

Earn 22 CE and leave with confidence in your knowledge of diabetes education.

Register today.



Take Your Program to the Next Level in Newark

Now that you’re operating a diabetes education program, do you find yourself asking what else you can do to make your program stand out? Attend the Sustaining Your Diabetes Education Program on Friday, November 4 to find out what other services you can offer and bill for while developing the business skills to improve your ROI.

Our experts, Mary Ann Hodorowicz , RD, LDN, MBA, CDE, CEC and Sandra Bollinger, PharmD, FASCP, CGP, CDE, CPT, CFts will teach strategies for monitoring and reporting DSME outcomes to providers, surviving a Medicare audit, and creating a marketing plan to increase referrals. Plus much more!

Sign up today.


New DSMES Program Management Certificate Program Now Available

program management certif programProgram managers often have the clinical backgrounds required to manage patient education but sometimes have limited experience with the business skills needed to market and grow the program, while effectively handling reimbursement.

AADE now offers the DSMES Program Management Certificate Program (12.5 CE) to provide the business and program management skills needed to run all aspects of a successful program. This online, self-paced certificate program is comprised of three online courses, one recorded webinar and four required readings. Participants have three months from the date of program registration to complete all coursework and the program evaluation.

Learn more.



New Online Courses Now Available

We've been hard at work to bring you new CE opportunities. Check out the latest additions to our online course catalog:

AADE7-behaviors-300-93d010ffAADE7 Self-Care Behaviors Online Courses Series: Learn the evidence-based framework of the seven key behaviors essential to providing successful diabetes self-management education. If you manage a diabetes education program, this is a great way to meet the staff training requirement.

Insulin Pump Therapy, 2nd Ed: Guide patients in all aspects of insulin pump therapy from patient screening, pre-pump education, and product/device selection, to training, follow-up education, glucose regulation, and self-management.

cqi-bc8ea879CQI for DSMES Programs: Learn how to select and implement an effective continuous quality improvement (CQI) project for your DSMES program. This new course will cover the benefits of CQI for patients and programs, the CQI process itself and how to put it into practice.



We Need Your Help: Volunteer to Review Continuing Education Activities

200512925-001Enhance your professional development and help ensure the integrity of AADE educational programs by volunteering to be a peer reviewer for 2017 live and self-study continuing education (CE) activities.

Volunteer peer reviewers ensure that these activities are of high quality and are in compliance with the standards of the organizations that accredit AADE to provide CE.

Reviews take approximately one to two hours per activity and reviewers are asked to commit to a minimum of two to five hours monthly. For each activity, an email is sent out to reviewers with the details of each activity. Those who are interested can simply respond to the email with their availability to review.

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, visit the AADE Get Involved page and click “I’m Interested” next to CE Application Reviewer.

Qualifications for each profession include:


  • Active AADE membership status
  • Current, valid license as RN and a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing (or international equivalent)
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and/or BC-ADM preferred
  • Willingness to learn and understand the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accreditation criteria for required educational design
  • Knowledge in contemporary practices and pertinent issues and trends in diabetes care, treatment, research and education/behavior changes
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory
  • Knowledge of the Scope and Standards for Nursing Professional Development


  • Active AADE membership status
  • Health discipline professional preparation and credentialing as a Registered Pharmacist (RPh) required
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and/or BC-ADM preferred
  • Knowledge in contemporary practices and pertinent issues/trends in diabetes care, treatment, research, and education/behavior changes
  • Willingness to learn and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Accreditation Standards and Criteria
  • Willingness to consistently apply standards/criteria for continuing education when reviewing activities


  • Active AADE membership status
  • Health discipline professional preparation and credentialing as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) required
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and/or BC-ADM preferred
  • Knowledge in contemporary practices and pertinent issues/trends in diabetes care, treatment, research, and education/behavior changes
  • Willingness to learn the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Continuing Professional Education
  • Accreditation Program Standards
  • Willingness to consistently apply standards/criteria for continuing education specific to continuing education when reviewing activities

Prospective reviewers must meet established qualifications and submit an application along with a Professional Expertise Form and a Biographical/COI Disclosure Form. CE Application reviewers serve a one-year term and have the ability to serve additional term(s). Training will be provided regarding the review of applications and the standards/criteria for continuing education specific to each discipline.



AADE's Industry Allies Council


AADE's Industry Allies Council (IAC) is a group of key industry partners who demonstrate strong commitment and support to the professional community of diabetes educators and the organizational goals and work of AADE. Eighteen industry companies participate on the council each year, and a majority of these partners serve a global audience. In this issue we highlight one such company, AstraZeneca, in their own words.

IAC Spotlight: AstraZeneca

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By: Curtis Carter, Director of Advocacy

AstraZeneca is pushing the boundaries of science to create life-changing medicines for people with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, including addressing the epidemic of type 2 diabetes. As a core strategy for the company, AstraZeneca continues to enhance its diverse diabetes portfolio to help impact the unmet medical needs across a wide spectrum of diabetes patients at different stages of the disease.

With a portfolio of seven approved diabetes products and with other compounds in development, AstraZeneca is committed to ushering in a new era of innovative diabetes treatment options to help support individualized patient care. Current late-stage research includes fixed-dose combinations for type 2 diabetes and novel medications for type 1 diabetes. Research and development efforts also aim to impact the burden of diabetes by researching the underlying mechanisms of the disease that could one day help lead to a cure.

AstraZeneca is a longtime supporter of the AADE IAC, the role of diabetes educators and furthering legislation to improve the treatment and care of people with diabetes. Additionally, AstraZeneca is the founding sponsor of the American College of Cardiology’s Diabetes Collaborative Registry – in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, American College of Physicians and Joslin Diabetes Center – the first clinical registry aimed at tracking and improving the quality of diabetes and cardiometabolic care across the primary and specialty care continuum. AstraZeneca offers resources for patients dealing with diabetes and cardiovascular disease – including Fit2Me, a free diet and lifestyle support program – and is committed to supporting patient access to its medicines, including diabetes treatments, through the AZ&ME patient assistance program for eligible patients.

October 2016