The future is now for diabetes educators. We are at a critical point for our specialty. Over the past month, I have had the good fortune to attend two American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) meetings in Chicago. One last month, as a member of the AADE7 Revisions 2019 writing group and last weekend, I joined Ann Lindsay as a member of the Massachusetts Coordination Body (CB) at the annual Leadership Meeting. I was able to hear first hand what AADE is doing to shape the future of our specialty.
Perhaps you have heard about Project Vision? It is a multi-year initiative positioning diabetes educator for success within a changing healthcare environment, elevating our role as integrators for clinical management, education, prevention, and support. Significant changes are on the horizon, such a organizational and professional credential name change, changes in scope of practice, expansion in our role and responsibilities to name a few.
Healthcare is changing, and we need to lead not follow. We need to lay claim to what we have been doing all these years, or somebody else will. We do far more than provide education, and we need to have our collective voices heard. The Project Vision framework consists of six strategies:
- We will serve as the hub of the care team integrating the clinical and self-management aspects of care.
- People with diabetes often have other co-morbid conditions; hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemia. We will demonstrate our expertise in cardio-metabolic and related conditions.
- We focus on the whole persons, the integration of physical, behavioral and emotional well-being of people with diabetes (PWD).
- Diabetes-related technology is rapidly changing the way diabetes is managed. No one is more suited to to be the technology experts and data interpreters, trainers driving this change.
- Person-centered care by a diabetes educator should be accessable to every person with diabetes and cardio-metabolic conditions.
- We strive to achieve the quadruple aim of better outcomes, at lower costs, with improved patient and provider experience.
I think the time is right. If you are like me, you have seen the impact of other healthcare providers not trained, or experienced providing diabetes self-care management services. A patient improperly instructed on insulin initiation developing lipohypertrophy. A PWD provided a personal continuous glucose monitor (CGM) provided with little information regarding the rate of change direction arrows and how to use them for insulin dosing decisions. A patient receiving a handout on the newest fad diet or restrictive meal plan. We all have our own stories. People with or at risk for diabetes deserve more and AADE is leading the way in redefining our specialty.
The Massachusetts AADE Coordinating Body is poised to share the information, provide the knowledge, resources and networking opportunities to take our specialty to the next level. We will be visiting Local Networking Groups (LNG) throughout the state organizing educational and networking meetings.
Our first 2019 program is Leveraging Our Strength - Shaping Our Future will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at the Hilton Garden Inn Foxboro Patriot Place Hotel from 8:30 am - Noon. For more information or to register visit Massachusetts MYAADE page. Registration is limited.
I hope you will join us as create the vision for our specialty.