Recently we had a well-loved diabetes educator, Patti Geil pass away. She was an author of 12 books and owned Geil Nutrition. I was so shocked to hear the news. She was a leader locally in Kentucky and nationally in the field. In her obituary, the family asked for donations to go to the AADE Education and Research Foundation. I thought it was very fitting that they chose the Foundation since Patti was so involved with AADE. It made me want to share so that other educators can let their families know about such a wonderful way to give to diabetes education.
It was AADE nationally and locally as well as the Annual Meeting that really inspired me as a diabetes educator and made me proud to be in the profession. The AADE Education and Research Foundation gives several scholarships allowing educators to help cover the cost of the Annual Meeting. This can be such an amazing experience especially for a new educator. They also offer recognition awards which really inspire educators and reward them for being leaders in their field.
There are also numerous research grants focusing on improving patient health outcomes through behavior change that are also funded by the AADE Education and Research Foundation.
It is so important for your family to know your preferences in such a challenging time. For Patti, it makes my heart smile to know that her passion for diabetes education will live on through contributions to the AADE Education and Research Foundation. You can learn more here .