The AADE Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) of the year, with over 3,000 in attendance! However, it’s not just CDEs that attend the meeting, other clinicians and providers, health educators, and people with or affected by diabetes attend. It was great to see that the 2018 meeting had a very strong focus on peer support with posters, concurrent sessions and, of course, a general session panel presentation.

Last December, iDOCr presented a poster at the International Diabetes Federation Congress in Abu Dhabi and following the meeting, the Director of Meetings at AADE reached out to me and asked if we would also present our poster at AADE! It was great to be asked to share our research a second time! Our poster “Perceptions of Stigma in the Diabetes Online Community: Challenges of day-to-day living shared during Twitter chats” discusses data analyzed from Twitter chats in 2016 during Diabetes Month. During our analysis, three themes emerged including judgement, education and healthcare teams. Healio/Endocrine Today wrote an article summarizing our poster and you can read the summary here.

And….it turns out that this article was one of the top 5 articles read about the conference, as noted in this link here.

Our iDOCr team was well represented at the AADE meeting, here’s a few notes:

  • Besides our iDOCr poster, I presented 3 additional posters focusing on diabetes education and technology.
  • Chris Memering, RN, CDE, FAADE, CarolinaEast Health system and our AADE representative, had two oral presentations one focusing on diabetes pathophysiology and diabetes management and a second presentation on AADE’s new initiative called DANA (Diabetes Advanced Network Access).
  • Barbara Eichorst MS, RD, CDE, Voluntis, spoke on Friday about cultural diversity and growing cultural competency in diabetes education. Barbara also presented a poster on basal insulin titration.
  • Donna Rice, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE, Sanofi, presented twice about Sex and diabetes, and presented several posters.
  • Anna Norton, CEO of Diabetes Sisters, spoke on two panels. First, she joined a panel of people with diabetes (PWD) to discuss how PWD and diabetes educators can collaborate to empower PWD! Then on Sunday, Anna was on the main stage along with iDOCr co-leader Dr. Michelle Litchman, PhD, NP, FAANP, University of Utah, in a general session panel on peer support communities focused on improving mental health. It was so exciting to see peer support being showcased during a general session. They did an amazing job making the case for peer support!

We have quite a strong iDOCr team!

The other exciting moment at AADE was the premier of the new video called “Changing the Conversation” that was a project I was very proud to work on, supported by Mytonomy, to help bring to life the joint ADA/AADE language guidelines that encourages people to use person first, empowering and stigma free language.

You’ll recognize several diabetes educators and diabetes advocates in the film. Please share the video widely as we help to spread the message that #LanguageMatters!

If you have not attended AADE in the past, I encourage you to join us in Houston, August 9-12, 2019!

Deborah Greenwood PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE

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