Diabetes Education - Being Sensitive to Outside Influences That Affect Our Patients

Who Should Attend

Diabetes educators and health care providers including: nurses, dietitians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists, diet technicians, case managers and other health professionals interested in diabetes care. Level of Program for Target Audience: Level 2: Assumes participant has general knowledge of area(s) covered.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of consistency when addressing food insecurity and diabetes
  2. List at least 2 ways to impact outcomes for someone with food insecurity and diabetes
  3. Define Health Literacy.
  4. Identify barriers and interventions for effective diabetes health : communication, information and services
  5. Describe and discuss the links of health literacy, language and culture.
  6. Assess one’s own unconscious Implicit Bias
  7. Describe how Implicit Bias can contribute to health disparities.
  8. Identify opportunities to address Implicit Bias.

Activity Type: Knowledge-based

Learning outcome: The goal of this conference is to offer diabetes educators and allied health professionals guidelines and evidence based practices to assist in addressing  those influences that affect patients from attaining good diabetes self-management. 

Spring Meeting Planning Committee

Amory Gray, RD, LD - Mount Desert Island Hospital - Bar Harbor, Chair

Susan J Young, RN, BSN, MPH, CDE - Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Health Education – Blue Hill

Cynthia Young, RN, BSN, CDE - Maine Medical Center-Portland

Deborah K Dumoulin, BS, RN, RD, LD, CDE - Maine Health Care at Home - Saco

Katherine Mullin, RD, LD, CDE - Maine Medical Partner and DPD Nutrition Consultants – South Portland

Jennifer Courtois, RN, DNS – Kindred Healthcare: Monarch Center – Saco

Heleana Nickerson, MS, RD, LD, CDE - Houlton Regional Hospital – Houlton

Sherry Dow RN - PCHC – Bangor

Nathan Morse CHES, TTS-C - Maine CDC, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program - Augusta

Successful Completion of Program

For successful completion, participants are required to attend the full activity, complete and submit the program evaluation at the conclusion of the educational event.


Disclosure Information - Speakers and Planning Committee

No conflicts

Where: Hilton Garden Freeport

When: Friday, May 4, 2018

Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park Street, Freeport, Maine

Registration Costs:

REGISTRATION FEE includes lunch. Pre-registration required. Confirmations will be emailed.     

$70  AADE member

$90  Non-AADE member

$50  Full Time Student (ID required)

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION:  April 26. Refunds, less a $25 administrative fee, will be available for cancellations received by this date. Substitutions are encouraged. Registered no-shows will be billed.

Note: you may register online even if paying by check.

Location Details:

Directions to Hilton Garden Inn – 5 Park Street, Freeport  (207-865-1433)  __________

  • Exit 22 off I-295.
  • Follow sign to Freeport.
  • Turn right on Route 1 South.
  • Take the next left onto School Street.
  • Follow 2 blocks to Park Street.
  • Turn right and the hotel is on the right.
Speaker Information:

Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, M.Ed., Director, Health Literacy Leadership Institute, Tufts University School of Medicine

Tina Love, RN, Project Manager, Medical Care Development Public Health

Marcia Kyle, RDN, LD, CDE, FAND; Regional Manager of the Pen Bay and Waldo County Ambulatory Diabetes and Nutrition Services, PenBay Medical Center

Patricia M Watson, MS, RD, LD, CDE, Director Food and Nutrition, Dietitian and Diabetes Educator, Stephens Memorial Hospital

Carrie Gordon, MD, Maine Medical Partners

Tasha Gerken, MS, RD, Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Program Coordinator, University of New England

Sarah Khasawinah, PhD, MHS, Office of Susan Collins, United States Senate, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging