Volunteer Leader Newsletter

Celebrating the Past Year/Looking Forward to the Future

By: Nadine Merker, Director of Member and Volunteer Engagement

With our December 2015 and January 2016 Volunteer Leader Newsletter being a combined issue, I would like to continue the practice I started a few years ago of celebrating your accomplishments for 2015, and sharing our future plans- for 2016!

In 2015 MY AADE NETWORK highlights include:

  • CBs and LNGs held over 300 local education programs using MY AADE NETWORK
  • Increasing number of CBs holding their first statewide program, along with many states continuing to hold statewide educational programs on an annual basis—among them IL, PA, FL, CA, and NY
  • A very well attended and successful combined Coordinating Body and COI Networking Reception at AADE15 in New Orleans
  • Creation of three new COI groups which combined with existing COIs of similar topics or concerns which offered AADE members a better opportunity to collaborate and share their expertise. The new COIs are:Pediatric and Camp Educators, Cultural Diversity, and Complications and Care.
  • Increased sharing on calls, discussion forums, and at the 2015 Leadership Forum Program by volunteer leaders of suggestions and tips that worked for in their CB, LNG, or COI that created engagement and excitement
  • Participation and on-going contributions by our fourth Member Affiliates Council (MAC) Co-facilitators in MY AADE NETWORK leader activities and events

Pati, Carlita, John and I want to thank you for all your work to make these 2015 highlights happen and to let you know how grateful we feel to be able to work with such passionate and committee volunteers.

Now for 2016... We are setting our New Year’s Resolutions now and on our list are:

  • Sharpen our tools and resources to support you in your MY AADE NETWORK leadership role
  • Find new ways to engage new AADE members with the MY AADE NETWORK site
  • Build our Community Contributors (volunteers who work with John) to increase members’ use of MY AADE NETWORK
  • Share new volunteer recruitment tips

Do you have any we should add to this list? (Please let me know)

And finally, one of the real joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to say Thank YOU and to wish you the very best for the New Year!

AADE's Volunteer Engagement Department

(L to R: Carlita Gay, Nadine Merker, Pati Mangano, John Tyler)

Rev up for the 2016 Incentive Program!

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Incentive Program for Coordinating Bodies, Local Networking Groups, and Communities of Interest. We are continuing the CB, LNG, and COI performance levels which we first introduced in 2012 and the web badge program which recognizes those groups which achieved these levels each quarter.

For the LNG
  • Put leadership team in place and shared with CB
  • Held 1 activity per quarter (or more!)

Activated LNG section on State Page on MY AADE NETWORK by:

  • Hosted an average of 2 discussions on MY AADE NETWORK per month
  • Posted activities on the MY AADE NETWORK calendar
For the Coordinating Body
  • Put CB Leadership Team in place and submitted team names to AADE
  • Web Administrator completed MY AADE NETWORK Training
  • Have a representative at the annual State Coordinating Body Training Program (effective January 2017)

Activated State Page on MY AADE NETWORK by:

  • Updated blog (Latest News) with an entry at least each month
  • Hosted an average of 2 Discussions or Announcements on MY AADE NETWORK per month
  • Added documents to file library
Groups recognized for meeting these performance levels:
Each CB will receive a web badge that they can post on their state page. Each LNG will receive a web badge that would appear next to their listing on the state home page. These badges can be posted as soon as your CB or LNG meets the requirements.
Rewards for the LNG and CB:
At the conclusion of each quarter, AADE will enter the names of LNGs and CBs that have met the performance levels mentioned earlier.
  • Two CBs will be drawn and each will receive a free banner for their state CB or a $200 credit towards the 2016 Annual Meeting registration or a $200 credit towards merchandise at the MY AADE NETWORK CB and LNG Store. Also, each CB will receive a meeting room they can use at the 2016 Annual Meeting.
  • Two LNGs will be drawn and each will receive free banner for their state CB, or a $200 credit towards the 2016 Annual Meeting registration or a $200 credit towards merchandise at the MY AADE NETWORK CB and LNG Store.
For the Communities of Interest
  • Select leadership team and submit names to AADE
  • Web Administrator or COI Leader completed MY AADE NETWORK Training

Activate Page on MY AADE NETWORK by:

  • Updated blog (Lastest News) with an entry at least each month
  • Hosted an average of 2 discussions on MY AADE NETWORK per month
  • Sent announcements, at least one per quarter
  • Added documents to file library
Rewards for the COIs:

At the conclusion of each quarter, AADE will enter the names of the COIs that have met the performance levels mentioned earlier.

  • One COI will be drawn and will receive a banner for their COI to display at the Annual Meeting COI activities, a $200 gift certificate for the MY AADE NETWORK Store or a $200 credit towards the 2016 Annual Meeting registration.

We are excited about our 2016 program and hope that this year your CB or LNG or COI will be one of the first groups to earn a web badge!

Last Call for MAC Co-Facilitators

RaiseYourHandThis is your last call to "Raise Your Hand" and volunteer to be part of the 2016 MAC Co-Facilitator Volunteer Team.

If you are interested, please visit out Coordinating Body (CB) and Local Networking Group (LNG) Leader announcement page to learn more. You can also find information on our Communities of Interest leader page! Please return the forms included on the leader pages no later than December 21st, 2015. 

Reminder: ​$1 For Your Great Idea

Money_200A Penny for Your Thought - oh not in this economy.

At the 2016 State Coordinating Body Training, AADE will be willing to offer you “One Dollar for Your Idea”!

You are actually going to get paid $1 for sharing an idea with the group during the Saturday, State Coordinating Body Training program.

No need to do anything ahead of time – just bring one idea that you feel been instrumental in moving your CB or LNG forward.

Step Up and Step Forward for an AADE Leadership Position!

By: Deborah Greenwood, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE

AADE is committed to shaping the future of diabetes education in the evolving healthcare environment, and it begins with ensuring that strong leaders are in place. I truly believe that the future is now. We have a powerful opportunity to direct our profession and the future of diabetes educators than we do right now!

Have you considered serving our organization, and thereby serving all diabetes educators around the country? AADE’s Board of Directors is comprised of strong leaders who set the strategic direction and vision of our organization.

Are you one of those leaders? Ask yourself:
  • Do you have the desire to impact the future of diabetes educators?
  • Do you have the strategic thinking skills to guide our organization in fulfilling its mission and vision?
  • Have you served in roles at the local, state, or national level and are considering the next step in your leadership development?
  • Have you been an active member of AADE for at least 3 years?

If you can answer YES to these important questions, then you have what it takes to be a member of AADE’s Board of Directors! There are currently 4 positions open, each for a 3-year term.

If you aspire to serve as AADE President or Treasurer one day, the first step on that path is service on the Board of Directors, as AADE Officers must serve on the Board of Directors immediately prior to running for these positions.

In addition to serving on the Board, there are opportunities to serve on the Nominating Committee. There are 4 positions open, each for a one year term. Members of the Nominating Committee determine the slate of candidates for the Board of Directors. They must have:

  • Skills to identify and cultivate leaders
  • An in-depth understanding of the needs of the organization, and a knowledge of the skillset that is needed to serve on the Board of Directors
Please Consider Running!

As 2015 AADE President and Chair of the 2016 Nominating Committee, my service to AADE has been an extremely gratifying experience. The governance structure in place allows all voices to be heard, and all decisions are made with the highest level of consideration to fulfill the mission of AADE. We are all leaders in our day-to-day positions – we are leaders to our patients and to our colleagues. Please consider expanding and using those skills to support AADE and create a solid future for growth. I guarantee you won’t regret the experience! What to do next?

  • Review the job descriptions and applications online after January 1
  • Set aside a few hours to complete the application
  • Locate your best digital head shot

YOU can shape the future. Step up and step forward for an AADE Leadership Position!

Don’t wait! Applications available online January 1 – January 31, 2016.

Who is Talking for You and Your Patients?

By: Kurt Anderson, Director of Federal and State Advocacy

AdvocacyIn the prior edition of this publication, AADE Advocacy Administrative Coordinator Melissa Akinlawon wrote about a very important issue: Coordinating Body (CB) leaders filling the position of State Grassroots Coordinator (SGC). I’d like to stress again what an important role the SGC is for AADE, your CB our practice and our patients.

As you know, the world of health care is changing rapidly. The passage of the Affordable Care Act is a seismic shift in health care in the U.S. Additionally, more and more health care decisions are being made by states rather than the federal government. On both the federal level and in your state, there are thousands of organizations which advocate and lobby for what they want. AADE via our SGCs are the voice of AADE. 

We must make that voice heard otherwise we allow others to talk for us.

Our work as diabetes educators is too important to leave to other organizations. This is why the role of SGC is one of the most important volunteer roles in AADE. In order for AADE to reach our full potential, SGCs need to be active in every state by keeping abreast of important issues and by helping members get involved on the federal and state level.

As you look at the news you can see what turbulent political and policy times we line in. A strong and active SGC will help AADE, our practice and our patients weather those storms.

If you have not done so already, I am asking that all Coordinating Body Leaders send the name and contact information of their State Grassroots Coordinator to Melissa Akinlawon, AADE Advocacy Administrative Coordinator at makinlawon@aadenet.org.


​Are You a Candidate for a 2016 AADE Award?

AADE Awards 2016
It's time to apply or nominate a colleague for a 2016 AADE Award!

Each year during the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, we recognize excellence in diabetes education and service to the association and the larger diabetes community. AADE offers a variety of awards to celebrate those individuals who have gone above and beyond.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes an individual who exemplifies the proud history of diabetes education and serves as extraordinary role model. A $5,000 donation is made to the AADE Foundation in honor of the recipient.

Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions and service to this association in honor of the first AADE president. The recipient receives an award of $5,000.

Diabetes Educator of the Year Award

Honors a diabetes educator who has made a special contribution to the field through dedication and innovation in patient care. This award is given for the next consecutive year. The recipient receives an award of $5,000 plus a $10,000 travel grant towards the delivery of educational programs.

Innovative Use of Media and Technology Award 

This award supports the innovative use of media and technology to advance diabetes self-management education and training. The project submitted should have significantly improved self-management among individual patient practices or broad diabetes populations. The recipient will receive complimentary registration to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition for the next consecutive year.

Rising Star Award

This award recognizes a diabetes educator who has less than three years of diabetes education experience and has demonstrated leadership and commitment in his or her practice. The recipient receives a one-year AADE membership, complimentary registration to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition and $300 worth of additional AADE products and services.

Adding Learning Outcome(s) Statement to CE Application

By: Nancy Stonis, MJ, BSN, RN, AADE Practice Manager of Accreditation

Nancy Stonis_PictureVolNews_July You might notice a slight change to the 2016 Continuing Education Application. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has made a change to the CE application in an effort to create programs that can demonstrate what the learner has learned. They are removing the “Purpose” statement from the educational planning table and replacing it with Learning Outcome statement(s) and the area of impact (nursing professional development, patient outcome, or other). Learning Objectives will need to be developed for each program as that is criterion for pharmacy and dietitians.

What are the differences between Objectives and Outcomes? Objectives are intended results or consequences of instruction, curricula, programs, or activities. Outcomes are achieved results or consequences of what was learned; i.e., evidence that learning took place. 

Objectives are focused on specific types of performances that students are expected to demonstrate at the end of instruction. Objectives are often written more in terms of teaching intentions and typically indicate the subject content that the speaker(s) intends to cover. 

Learning outcome(s) are more participant-centered and are statement(s) that describe significant and essential learning that participants have achieved and can reliably demonstrate at the end of the program. The learning outcome structure is comprised of an action verb to describe the performance to be demonstrated, a related statement that specifies what learning will be demonstrated in the performance, and a broad statement of the criterion or standard for acceptable performance.

When developing learning outcome(s), a key question to keep in mind is: 
“What will the outcome be as a result of participation in this activity?”
Here are some examples:

  1. Participants will gain relevant knowledge about the new sweetener category, low-calorie sugars, such as allulose, and get useful educational information/tools to assist people with diabetes to integrate them into their daily diabetes self-management plan. 

The area of impact: Nursing Professional Development

  • The Educators will explain recent changes in immunization recommendations and to be able to effectively persuade patients to obtain recommended vaccines per clinical guidelines.
  • The area of impact: Nursing Professional Development

    Learning outcome statement(s) are to be included in the evaluation process. They are evaluated in the initial post activity evaluation and then 60-90 days later. The 60-90 day post activity evaluation is a short, one or two question evaluation that will help determine the effectiveness of the program and if individual participants are able to make changes in their practice or improve patient outcomes.

    A few resources have been provided for you below to review. If you have questions, please contact Charlene Rocha (crocha@aadenet.org).

    The 2015 programs have been outstanding. Keep up the good work!


    Armson, H., Elmslie, T., Roder, S., & Wakefield, J. (2015). Is the Cognitive Complexity of Commitment-to-Change Statements Associated With Change in Clinical Practice? An Application of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 35(3), 166 – 175.
    Assessment Primer: Goals, Objectives and Outcomes. http://www.assessment.uconn.edu/primer/goals1.html
    Tips on writing Learning Outcomes. http://www.library.illinois.edu/infolit/learningoutcomes.html


    New Diabetes Curriculum, 2nd Edition Available!


    First published in 2009 the AADE Diabetes Education Curriculum has been a core practice resource for diabetes educators.

    Based on the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors, the AADE Diabetes Education Curriculum 2nd Edition. contains an implementation guide and 8 instructional modules. The curriculum implementation guide includes standards for outcomes measurement of DSME, an overview of adult learning theory and behavior change theories.

    Here's a sneak peak of what's inside:
    • Implementation Guide
    • Introduction to Prediabetes and Diabetes
    • Healthy Eating
    • Being Active
    • Taking Medications
    • Monitoring
    • Problem Solving
    • Healthy Coping
    • Reducing Risks

    Instructional modules include learning objectives and behavioral objectives, as well as advanced detail for those participants who want more information or have more complex self-care needs. 

    Included in each instructional module:
    • Teaching tips
    • Discussion questions
    • Barrier identification and facilitators to self-care
    • Goal-setting
    • Follow-up and outcomes measures
    • References, Patient education resources

    Editor-in-Chief: David K. Miller, BSN, MSEd, RN, CDE, FAADE; Contributors: Mary M. Austin, MA, RD, CDE, FAADE, Sheru R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM, Ann Constance, MA, RD, CDE, FAADE, Dave L. Dixon, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, Janice MacLeod, MA, RD, LD, CDE, Shelley Mesznik, MA, RD, CDE, CDN, Lois Moss-Barnwell, MS RD, LDN, CDE, and Alyce Thomas, RD

    This curriculum will also be available as an eBook! 

    For questions regarding the new curriculum visit our online store or contact us at education@aadenet.org.

    Coming In 2016: A New Look for MY AADE NETWORK

    By: John Tyler, Web & Digital Content Manager

    MY AADE NETWORK LogoWork is under way to bring a new look and feel to MY AADE NETWORK in early 2016! In partnership with our website developer, AADE will soon provide members with one of the biggest and most important updates to the MY AADE NETWORK website ever: a brand new, re-designed from top-to-bottom User Interface (UI). This new UI will provide a modern web experience for administrators and everyday users.

    Some of the improvements you can expect to find:
    • Responsive support built into all pages for mobile and tablet use
    • Easier to use/intuitive navigation
    • Standardized design across all communities
    • Improved reporting capabilities for admins

    To help you prepare your admins and members for the new UI, we will be providing a series of all-new training materials for your reference, available beginning in February 2016. But until then, you can expect to see more previews and progress announcements in the Volunteer Leader Newsletter, in the Admin Announcement Forum, and in the e-FYI.


    What's Coming in 2016

    MY AADE NETWORK Manuals - Newly Revised!

    January 4th - Updated Coordinating Body, Local Networking Group, and Communities of Interest Leadership Manuals will be posted in My AADE NETWORK

    Leadership Development for CB, LNG and COI Leaders – 11:00 a.m. Central Time

    March 23 - Leadership Audio for CB, LNG and COI Leaders: “Cliff Notes for the New AADE Website and MY AADE NETWORK: Your Guide to Success”

    October 19 - Leadership Audio for CB, LNG, and COI Leaders- Preparing for a Successful Leader Transition

    COI Leader Quarterly Conference Calls – 11:00 a.m. Central Time

    February 17 - COI Leader Call - This call is intended for all COI leaders and will review the AADE resources available to all COI leaders and also include a presentation by a COI leader which will provide tips for increasing engagement on their group’s on-line discussions

    June 22 - COI Leader Call - This call is intended for all COI leaders and will review the COI Annual Meeting activities and also will include a presentation by Kurt Anderson on the role COI leaders can play in advancing AADE’s legislative goals.

    September 28 - COI Leader Call- This call is intended for all COI leaders and will feature a presentation on tips for creating blogs.

    CB and LNG Leader Briefings- 11:00 a.m. Central Time

    January 25- Finance Part 1-2 (recording)

    February 10- CB and LNG Briefing Call for Finance and Program Planning Leaders

    April 6 - CB and LNG Briefing Call for State Grassroots Coordinators

    May 11 - CB and LNG Briefing Call for Membership Leaders

    August – Annual Meeting Financial Leader Face to Face Meeting


    December 2015/ January 2016

    CB and LNG Store



    Member Affiliates Liaison to the Board

    Kellie Antinori-Lent

    Member Affiliates Council

    Richard Arena
    RPh, PhD, CDM, CDE
    New York CB

    Mary Jean Christian
    MA, MBA, RD, CDE
    California CB

    Chris Memering
    Inpatient Management COI

    Marilyn Novosel
    North Carolina CB

    Kendall Smith
    MPH, RD, LD, CDE
    Plant Based Nutrition COI

    AADE Staff

    Nadine Merker
    Director, Member and Volunteer Engagement

    Patricia Mangano
    Manager, Volunteer Engagement

    John Tyler
    Manager, Web and Digital Content

    Carlita Gay
    Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement 

    Important Dates:
    (All times CST)

    All Volunteer Leaders
    2016 State Coordinating Body Training Program
    January 8 and 9 

    Fall Audio
    October 19 @11am

    Spring Audio
    March 23 @11am

    CB and LNG Leaders:
    Briefing Call
    January 25 @ 11am

    Briefing Call
    February 10 @ 11am

    Briefing Call
    April 6 @ 11am

    Briefing Call
    May 11 @ 11am

    Annual Meeting Financial Leader Face to Face Meeting

    MAC Co-Facilitators:
    Quarterly Call
    January 27 @ 11am

    Quarterly Call
    May 18 @ 11am

    Quarterly Call
    October 26 @ 11am

    COI Leaders:
    Quarterly Call 
    February 17 @ 11am

    Quarterly Call
    June 22 @ 11am

    Quarterly Call
    September 28 @ 11am