iDOCr would like to share a fantastic initiative that is being shaped by AADE and a group of diabetes advocates, to better define and develop a work plan to join forces and create stronger support networks for the educators’ communities and the diabetes community in general.

On behalf of 2018 AADE President Donna Ryan and meeting co-chairs Hope Warshaw and David Edelman

In AADE’s 2016 to 2018 strategic plan people with, affected by and at risk for diabetes are at the center of our organizational work. AADE is increasingly aware, through our work on revising the National Standards for Diabetes Self-management Education and Support and increasing collaborations with entities and members of peer support communities (also known as diabetes online communities), that peer support paired with diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES), is an important tool to improve diabetes care outcomes.

In October of 2017, AADE worked with the technology workgroup to bring together a group of stakeholders from the online peer support communities and AADE/diabetes educator community to identify ways in which both groups can work together to better serve those affected by diabetes. From that meeting, participants, in coordination with a professional facilitator and meeting co-chairs Hope Warshaw and David Edelman finalized a report of the meeting to share findings, an AADE action plan and a peer support communities action plan. We encourage you to review the attached report and see how you can incorporate the findings into your own organization. We look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming year and beyond.

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