Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


We know that while self-management care and education is at the heart of what our members do, it isn’t all that they do. That's why in May 2019, the board of directors made the decision to change the specialty title from diabetes educator to diabetes care and education specialist. To follow this change, in January 2020 the Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) became the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Learn more about the research and outreach that informed the rebranding initiative.  

Learn more about the rebranding and your role in this episode of the ADCES podcast The Huddle: Conversations with the Diabetes Care Team: Announcing The Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists: Repositioning the Association and the Specialty for the Future, with Kellie Antinori-Lent

A New Name Reflects a New Vision

The repositioning of the specialty is an outgrowth of our multi-year initiative to position diabetes care and education specialists for success, elevating their role as integrators for clinical management, education, prevention and support.  Learn more about the vision and your role in this webinar: DCES' Vision of the Future for the Specialty Offers Opportunities to Ride the Population Health Wave.

An Ongoing Process

Accompanying this new vision for the specialty is a commitment to provide all diabetes care and education specialists with enhanced education and training opportunities, new practice guidance and supporting advocacy. We recommend all diabetes care and education specialists do the following: 

Adopt a population health mindset. It’s a model of care that effectively integrates the clinical and self-management, and where health care is headed. 

Become tech proficient. Through our technology website and member-only benefit,, you can become an expert at diabetes technologies and data interpretation. Danatech offers a wide variety of online courses, free certificate programs, podcasts and product demos on CGM devices, digital health platforms, insulin and medication delivery devices, pumps and apps. 

Demonstrate your expertise within the full range of cardiometabolic conditions: hypertension, obesity, prediabetes, diabetes and cardiac disorders. We’re placing an increased focus on reinforcing knowledge and skills you already have while building new ones. 

Increase your focus on behavioral and mental health. As a central touchpoint for individualized care, it’s imperative that diabetes care and education specialists assess the mental and behavioral health of clients and refer to a mental health provider when appropriate. While you can’t effectively address all aspects of behavioral health, there are many ways to integrate it into your practice. 

Offer care that is person-centered and inclusive. Diabetes care and education specialists are already known for this, but who couldn’t receive a refresher now and then. T

Promote your role as core to achieving the Quadruple Aim. We know that DSMES improves outcomes but does everyone? Join us as we work to spread the word at the national level through partnerships with allied organizations, conversations with healthcare decision makers, media outreach, and legislative and regulatory fixes. 

Join us as we expand your role and impact.