Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

Volunteer Leader Newsletter

Who Are You Following??

By: Nadine Merker, Director of Member and Volunteer Engagement


Are you and your group’s members taking advantage of MY AADE NETWORK’s new feature where you can choose to follow other members and view how they are participating online?

Know a member whose postings you find helpful? Want to ensure that your CB, LNG, or COI leadership are keeping up to date with your announcements or postings? This feature will make this easy for them to do this!

We recently featured this new capability along with how you can also connect with other AADE members (by requesting their approval to be added to their MY NETWORK) in the September e-FYI.

I'm providing links back to last month's article and instructions on how to use the new feature in hopes you will share and discuss this with your leadership team at your next call or meeting.

Emotional Intelligence Novel Observations

By: Jeanna Rhoulhac, RDN, CDE, LD/N

With Hurricane preparations well underway; apprehension sets in as uncertainty regarding the events about to unfold and leaves us wondering how to best cope with that uncertainty…and how to maintain a positive mindset.

Positive self-talk is crucial to managing emotions such as apprehension, and giving patience and time a chance to work results in better clarity and clear perspectives.

I recently asked a colleague to give a presentation called "Organizational Skills: Time Management Strategies" to our Local Networking Group. She asked if she could present one called "EQ: What is Emotional Intelligence and Why is it so Important." The presentation was so helpful and she explained how EQ is critical to professional and personal success. I was so delighted when she gave me an "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" book as a gift… and what a gift it has been.

I highly recommend studying how to leverage all of the experiences, education and intelligence we have stored by better understanding what EQ is and how we can best use EQ to manage our lives and achieve success.

Have a speaker provide training on EQ to your LNG… I am sure the members will thank you!

Tips for Preparing for Grant Requests—Every Piece of the Puzzle Counts

By: Catherine O'Brian, PhD, Medical Education Writer and Project Manager

Catherine O'BrienAssembling a medical education grant request can be compared to putting together the pieces of a puzzle. Here the pieces include a needs assessment, a program plan, a set of learning objectives, defined outcomes, an agenda, and a justified budget. If all of the pieces are provided and meet or exceed the bar of excellence set by the funder, success is likely. On the other hand, if a single piece is viewed as deficient, the grant request may be denied without explanation.

It is wise to start the process by visiting the websites of the funders you plan to approach. There you can ascertain whether your topic falls within one of their therapeutic areas of interest and whether they are currently accepting applications for that therapeutic area. Next, it is a good practice to review the website FAQs. For example, the FAQs may indicate that the funder will not allow money budgeted to cover the provision of food at your event. If this conflicts with your plans, you may wish to seek funding elsewhere. Funders typically require that applications be submitted 60 or 90 days before the event; this information is generally provided on their website. Other critical pieces of information available on funder websites are whether unsolicited grant requests are considered and whether funding is restricted to national events.

A logical starting point in drafting the grant request is the needs assessment, because the objective of a proposed medical education activity is to fill the gaps in knowledge and practice identified in the needs assessment. Identifying these gaps in the needs assessment can be done by referencing quality medical literature (recent citations are strongly preferred), by surveying practitioners, and by interviewing thought leaders in the field.

Next, learning objectives can be developed; these should be designed to capture whether the gaps in knowledge and practice identified in the needs assessment were filled by the medical education activity. The agenda should clearly delineate the topics that need to be addressed for realization of the learning objectives.

The application should also include a description of how Moore’s level outcomes will be measured. It is important to make sure that the outcomes measurements planned meet the expectation level of the funder. At a minimum, attendance and participant satisfaction (Moore’s Levels 1 and 2 outcomes respectively) should be measured.

Take care in creating the budget, because after the activity is completed the budget will need to be reconciled with actual expenditures. In the event that physicians are provided meals or other “transfers of value”, Sunshine Act reporting is required. The program plan serves as an overview of the application and should pull all of the elements together into a cohesive whole. For example, the venue should be a magnet for the target audience of the proposed medical education activity.

If any questions arise as you embark on your next grant writing adventure, please feel free to contact me and I am happy to help!

Join Us in Celebrating National Diabetes Education Week

By: Diana Pihos, Director of Marketing and Communications

Diana PihosNovember 6 – 12 is your time to shine! During National Diabetes Education Week (NDEW), we will work to showcase your passion as diabetes educators and highlight all the good you do for those affected by diabetes. To encourage AADE members to join in on the fun, we ask you to promote our #ProudDE contest to your CBs, LNGs and COIs.

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, your first name and your city, state. It’s that simple! 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!

Check out during the week for new patient/educator resources such as a video that will help to promote the four key times to see a diabetes educator, trending topics, contests and more; including a special Facebook mask to show your Diabetes Educator colors!

Why You Should Apply for MAC

By: Molly McElwee-Malloy, RN,CDE

Molly McElwee-Malloy

Have you ever thought about raising your hand for the member affiliates council (MAC)? If so, this is the time to do it! If you’ve never considered a leadership role with AADE, but are ready to step up - this is the time.

I have to say getting involved with MAC has lead me to meet so many incredible people both at AADE and in our diabetes community. If you want to become proficient at MY AADE NETWORK—this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Keeping in touch with members and their needs is important for any organization and AADE takes this job very seriously. Is there something you want to change? A voice you want to add? Raise your hand and find out how great the AADE organization really is and learn what you can do for it and its members.

I’ve served on the MAC twice now, and each time I’ve learned new things about myself, AADE, and my peers in the field that have helped my career. Being a resource and learning more about the organization is exactly what I needed and I encourage you to try it out too. Check out the MAC Job Description and see for yourself.

Save the Date: 2017 State Coordinating Body Training Program in Chicago

Please mark your calendars for the day and a half CB Leader Training program scheduled for Friday, January 13-Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Chicago.

We are excited to once again offer this program (replaces the former annual Leadership Program) which will prepare newly elected volunteers in their roles as state Coordinating Body leaders by providing them with specific tools, information and resources to use in working with their groups.

Registration opens this month! 2017 State Coordinating Body Program Registration
Deadline: November 18, 2016

Rediscover AADE's Practice Area Discussion Groups

By: John Tyler, Web and Digital Content Manager

Practice Area Discussion Groups have been in existence for over a year now, but we wanted to remind you of some of the burgeoning discussions going on in them that you may be missing out on. As part of the formation process for new Communities of Interest (COIs), potential COIs start out as Practice Area Discussion Groups. By doing this first, AADE members have time to get the conversation and engagement of other members started, without having to focus on developing a leadership team or action plan.

Currently we have four Practice Area Discussion Groups starting out:

To take a look at what each of these groups is all about, or to preview some of the latest discussions going on in these groups, visit the Practice Area Discussion Group landing page on MY AADE NETWORK today.

Meet a New AADE Volunteer: Jessica Kirk, RN, CDE

Jessica Kirk

My name is Jessica Kirk and I am an RN, CDE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I currently work for an innovative program that is designed to expand access to specialty diabetes management in rural and under served patients at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. I have had type 1 diabetes for 25 years and struggled tremendously in my younger years.

The diabetes educators I saw as a patient were life-changing for me. In my diabetes care, the most support and compassion I received came from my diabetes education visits. I decided to become a nurse and a diabetes educator so I can follow in the footsteps of the CDEs I was lucky to have met in some of my hardest times.

I have been an AADE member for two years and recently joined the Coordinating Body in New Mexico. The volunteer experience has been nothing short of gratifying. I am able to work alongside the CDEs who inspired me to do the work I am doing now, and I hope to touch people’s lives the way mine was touched.

Volunteering to serve the AADE New Mexico chapter members allows me to give back professionally to the community of diabetes educators in our state. My hope is to keep our chapter energized and to keep reaching out to new health care professionals to share how wonderful a career in diabetes education can be. My goal as a volunteer is to help provide and sustain a tremendous, innovative support network right here in New Mexico for all AADE members.

Are You Thinking About 2017 State Grass Roots?

By: Melissa Akinlawon, AADE Advocacy Coordinator

With Election Day right around the corner, we are anticipating a very busy 2017 legislative season in the area of healthcare. AADE Advocacy strongly encourages all Coordinating Body Leaders to fill the important role of State Grassroots Coordinator (SGC). Advocacy is an integral part of the AADE mission and our members are on the front line advocating for better care for all people with diabetes both at the federal and state levels. It is important that we identify State Grassroots Coordinators for 2017 as soon as possible. A complete description of the role can be viewed here.

Each Coordinating Body (CB) should already have, or be in the process of, identifying one individual who is passionate about advocacy and possesses a basic understanding of grassroots efforts. This individual will serve as State Grassroots Coordinator (SGC) and will be trained by AADE staff and industry partners to be able to communicate legislative issues to their coordinating body, their diabetes community, fellow constituents and state and federal legislators.

As we look toward the future of advocating for diabetes educators and diabetes education we are excited to have this SGC designation and look forward to an information-filled 2017. We ask that all Coordinating Body Leaders send the name and contact information of their State Grassroots Coordinator to Kurt Anderson, Director of Federal and State Advocacy at

Meet AADE's New Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

By: Crystal Broj, AADE Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

ChristalHello. I'm AADE's new Chief Technology & Innovation Officer. My position was an outgrowth of the AADE 2016-18 Strategic Plan which includes as a main strategy expanding and leveraging technology and the connected health environment as a means to engage and support all stakeholders.

How did I get here? I graduated with a Bachelor's in Computer Science. I moved through the "normal" channels for that type of job: Programmer, Business Analyst, Project Manager, Director of Business Analysis to my current role. I've worked in business and consulting and engaged with industries from manufacturing to health care. My skill set includes being able to take business opportunities and match them with technology solutions.

On a personal level, I have a sister that was diagnosed with Type 1 after an illness as an adult, and two very dear friends who are Type 2. I've watched them live with, manage and be frustrated with their health, and I'm really happy to know that I'm working with amazing people who make a difference in the lives of my family and all the persons with diabetes.

As Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, my role is to partner with the Association’s leadership to identify trends in health care and diabetes education, seek technology solutions that benefit diabetes educators and the patients they serve, and lead initiatives that enhance the diabetes educators’ understanding and use of technology. I will also provide overall management to the Association’s IT Department.

The opportunities are tremendous. Our challenge in the first year is to look at the entire diabetes landscape, understand where there are opportunities to improve care and the patient experience, then narrow that focus to determine what AADE can impact alone or with partners. Our technology initiatives will focus on helping our members continue to be leaders in care for their patients. We are reviewing a variety of areas: Education, Apps, Data Collection, Resources, and Research and Practice.

I'm looking forward to learning, growing and helping diabetes educators excel in marrying technology with your day-to-day care. If you are working with technology in the diabetes arena, I'd love to hear about what you are doing! I can be reached at

Volunteer to serve as an AADE Continuing Education (CE) Reviewer!

AADE is seeking volunteer peer reviewers for 2017 Live and Self-Study continuing education activities. The educational content of these diabetes related activities need to be reviewed by healthcare professional peer reviewers.

As a volunteer peer reviewer, you will ensure that these continuing education activities are of high quality and are in compliance with the standards of the organizations that accredit AADE to provide continuing education (CE). Involvement as an AADE reviewer adds to your professional development and provides you the opportunity to ensure the integrity of AADE education programs.

The review takes approximately 1-2 hours per activity and reviewers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2-5 hours monthly. For each activity an e-mail is sent out to reviewers with the details of each activity. Those reviewers who are interested can simply respond back with their availability to review.

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 may 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.

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:

Nurses Peer Reviewers

  • Member of AADE with active 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.

Pharmacist Peer Reviewers

  • Member of AADE with active 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.

Dietitian Peer Reviewers

  • Member of AADE with active 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.

Upcoming Events in 2016

CB, LNG and COI Leadership Audio

October 19- Leadership Audio for CB, LNG and COI Leaders - "Preparing for a Successful Leader Transition" will prepare CB, LNG, and COI leaders in implementing an effective transition process for their incoming leaders.

October 25, 2016 - MAC Co-Facilitator Quarterly Call - Discuss their experience as a MAC Co-facilitator and provide suggestions for next years's leaders.

October 2016

CB and LNG Store



Member Affiliates Liaison to the Board

Chris Memering

Member Affiliates Council

Kathleen Gold
Virginia CB

Meghan Jardine
Plant Based COI

Molly McElwee-Malloy
Diabetes Technology COI

Melanie Teslik
New York CB

Jeanna Rhoulhac
New York CB

AADE Staff

Nadine Merker
Director, Member and Volunteer Engagement

Patricia Mangano
Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement

John Tyler
Manager, Web and Digital Content

Cindy Wilson
Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement 

Important Dates:
(All times CST)

All Volunteer Leaders
Fall Audio
October 19 @ 11am

COI Leaders:

Quarterly Call

September 28 @ 11am