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Advocacy and Collaboration a Focus at the January Board Meeting

Feb 08, 2017

AADE’s Board of Directors met last month to set the course for 2017 and beyond. Here are some highlights:

  • The American Diabetes Association’s CEO and president of Healthcare and Education joined to share an overview of ADA’s new strategic plan. There was agreement that ADA’s plan positions the two organizations to work together in support of common goals, particularly in the areas of advocacy, program alignment and messaging. The chair and CEO of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) also joined the meeting shared their activities and vision.

  • The Board discussed impending healthcare reform and the association’s role in keeping members and other constituencies informed—as well as how the association can best position the organization to shape the future system design elements that will impact those affected by diabetes. To that end, the Board approved a new advocacy plan for AADE that includes:
    • A continued focus on building relationships and influence with regulatory agencies such as the CDC and CMS.
    • Building grass roots member advocacy/issue knowledge skills and engagement.
    • Building a greater state-level presence, particularly around state diabetes action plans and Medicaid coverage.
    • Advocating for federal legislation where AADE’s voice can have the greatest impact, including re-introduction of AADE’s Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act.

  • Staff provided the Board with an update on AADE’s technology initiatives. This included progress on member education through the development of a technology institute, a diabetes app review process and collaboration outreach activities.

  • The Board approved a mechanism for reviewing program performance from both a financial and quality perspective. This will help them determine whether AADE programs are operating efficiently and providing member value.

  • As January marks the start of the AADE’s election cycle, the Board evaluated the knowledge and skill sets needed for future directors to be successful.

  • Following the Board Meeting, the AADE Foundation Board of Trustees met and approved the annual budget, which includes several new scholarship opportunities.

As a reminder, each Coordinating Body has a Board member appointed to serve as its liaison to the Board. These individuals are happy to talk with you about any issues that are concerning to your state. Find out who your Board liaison is.

A comprehensive version of this report is available for download.

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