I wrote this invited guest blog for the American Association of Diabetes Educator’s (AADE) blog after attending the 2019 American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Scientific Sessions (as they're called) in June. As usual this conference was packed with four days of intense learning. It also offered an opportunity to connect with many old friends and colleagues as well as with many healthcare providers, people with diabetes and others committed to improving diabetes care and the lives of people with diabetes. The slide above was created by Professor Jane Speight from Australia. She graciously revised this slide for me to share with my AADE colleagues in this blog. She used the initial draft of the slide in her talk at ADA on #languagematters which I recapped in this blog. She's a global champion on this topic.
What We Do Daily to Protect Mother Earth. Share Your Actions and Ideas to Celebrate on Earth Day 2019
My husband, Don Kraus, and I are relishing a spectacular Asheville spring – we savor the spectacle of gorgeous purple redbud trees, carpets of pink phlox and yellow blossoms of forsythia…not to mention visits from mama bear and her cubs. Our community is immersed in the celebrations of Passover, Easter and Earth Day, with their respective themes of freedom, renewal and a livable world.
The use of digital health tools, apps and therapeutics are playing and increasingly valuable role in health care and health care delivery. It is said that over the next few years digital health will become how many health care services are delivered. Just like what’s happened in the banking industry, it’s what many consumers want.
On the Cutting Edge newsletter: Theme: Addressing the Mental Health Needs and Psychosocial Barriers to Self-Care for People with Diabetes
I was pleased to serve as the theme section editor for this On the Cutting Edge, the newsletter of the Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition. For this issue I coordinated topic ideation, author selection, article reviews and other editorial responsibilities.
On January 27th I was again a guest on Diabetes What to Know’s Facebook Live Diabetes Primetime with host Ansley Dalbo. On this episode we focused on what we called #ResolutionRealism – how to make and follow through with those annual New Year’s resolutions realistically. I detailed why I promote preplanning as a critical part of healthy food choices and eating habits (in addition to portion control). I shared the action steps I take week after week to make this happen for myself and my family.
On January 27th I was again a guest on Diabetes What to Know’s Facebook Live Diabetes Primetime with host Ansley Dalbo. On this episode we focused on what we called #ResolutionRealism – how to make and follow through with those annual New Year’s resolutions realistically.
This article, Building Bridges Through Collaboration and Consensus: Expanding Awareness and Use of Peer Support and Peer Support Communities Among People With Diabetes, Caregivers, and Health Care Providers, is published in a special issue of Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, titled Social Media and Diabetes. It details the development of collaboration between the diabetes peer support communities and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
This invited commentary for the American Journal of Managed Care – Evidence Based Diabetes Management, was published as part of a special issue titled: Diabetes Educators and Payment Reform. In this provocative article I build the case for the need to remodel for the future the way that Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) is delivered today. I detail the societal trends driving the need for this action along with the aligned research, standards and recommendations.