Deborah is a diabetes care and education specialist, nurse and researcher living in California. She is a co-founder of A Fresh POV for You, a blog to guide healthcare professionals in a solution-focused approach to practice so their clients can embrace possibilities, opportunities, and create a fresh vision for their future.
Deborah is also consultant working with industry and healthcare organizations focusing on diabetes and digital health. She is a strong supporter of online peer support to help improve the lives of people living with diabetes.
Deborah is an Adjunct, Assistant Professor at University of Texas Health, San Antonio. Her research interests include technology-enabled self-management education and support incorporating digital health, e-Patient engagement and social media.
Deborah was the 2015 President of AADE (now the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists) and now serves on the research committee and peer support workgroup. She also serves on the board of directors for Diabetes Sisters. Deborah is passionate about educating people about the #LanguageMatters movement.
Assistant Professor, Nurse Practitioner, Digital Health Researcher & Diabetes Specialist
Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP is a digital health and diabetes researcher at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She maintains an active clinical practice as an endocrinology nurse practitioner at the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. Her research is focused on the social context of diabetes management across the lifespan as it relates to online and family environments. Her research has been highlighted on NPR Science Friday, Medscape, and U.S. World News Reports and has influenced insulin cost legislation in Utah.
Lecturer, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Diabetes Researcher & Diabetes Advocate
Ashley is a diabetes advocate, accredited practicing dietitian and lecturer at La Trobe University. Her diabetes advocacy began with a blog on living with diabetes called Bittersweet Diagnosis. To date, her volunteerism has spanned across the International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Australia, Diabetes Victoria and Diabetes Camps Victoria.
In 2016, she co-founded Beta Change – an organisation with an aim to foster collaboration between diabetes stakeholders towards creating positive change and up-skill future advocates and leaders within the diabetes community.
Ashley has also completed her PhD in the field of mHealth use in diabetes education in young adults with diabetes during life transitions. Through her own lived experiences with the healthcare system and research, she has developed a passion in digital health and chronic disease management and education.