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Learn How to Attain a Degree in Diabetes Education and Management

Learn How to Attain a Degree in Diabetes Education and Management

Many diabetes educators would like to learn how to attain a degree in diabetes education and management. Therefore, in this blog post, I interview Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE, Program Director/Lecturer for the Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management at Teachers College Columbia University.

Future of DSMES: Map and DEP close the loop in engagement. Barbara and Paul have a conversation how HI is responding to the requests from CDE’s

Future of DSMES: Map and DEP close the loop in engagement. Barbara and Paul have a conversation how HI is responding to the requests from CDE’s

This blog is very special to me as I have the pleasure of interviewing my professional mentor, someone who makes my work easy and exciting: Paul Lasiuk, CEO of Healthy Interactions. The reason this is a good time to talk with Paul, is that Healthy Interactions as you know it, has transformed beyond just a Conversation Map enterprise. We are now a leading provider of integrated population health management solutions that improve patient outcomes and lower health care costs. I am happy to see this transition as it reflects the needs of healthcare providers like myself, adding digital and technology to further support the needs of people with diabetes and other conditions. Steve Jobs once said “It’s not faith in technology, it’s faith in people.”I can relate to that, as I am thinking what Healthy Interactions is doing today will impact the life of those with diabetes and healthcare providers.

Deborah Greenwood discusses technology enabled diabetes self-management solutions

Deborah Greenwood discusses technology enabled diabetes self-management solutions

Technology is now part of a new science within diabetes care. As diabetes educators, we are partnering with people with diabetes (PWD) to support their efforts in using the digital interventions. I am very excited about the first systematic review of systemic reviews evaluating the existing evidence and best practice while using technology in diabetes care and education. Deborah Greenwood, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE is one of the authors of "A Systematic Review of Reviews Evaluating Technology-Enabled Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support" that was published recently. This month, I am happy to share my conversation with Deborah about diabetes and technology.

Top 10 reasons the Healthy Interactions Conversation Map program has made me a better diabetes educator

Top 10 reasons the Healthy Interactions Conversation Map program has made me a better diabetes educator

This June has been very special for Healthy Interactions, as it marks ten years of our collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Merck sponsorship of the Journey For Control program. At the same time, this is a special occasion for diabetes educators like me, who have been using Conversation Map tools for a decade now.
With this blog, I would like to reflect on how the Map program has made me a better clinician and facilitator. Consequently, advanced my career as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).
Here are my top ten reasons I think the Map tools helped me as diabetes educator...

Read about insurance coverage for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training

Read about insurance coverage for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training

This month, I would like to introduce you to Manel Kappagoda, JD, MPH. Manel is a project director and senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating healthier communities for all, through better laws and policies.Manel and her colleague Derek Carr, analyzed laws addressing insurance coverage for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training (DSME/T*) in partnership with the Temple University Policy Surveillance Program.

Is Providing In-person (only) Diabetes Education Enough to Achieve Better Diabetes Care Outcomes?

Is Providing In-person (only) Diabetes Education Enough to Achieve Better Diabetes Care Outcomes?

We all know that diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S) produces reduction in A1C in short term results. We also know that better approaches in diabetes education produce better outcomes. Also - we know that that better outcomes are associated with more frequent encounters with diabetes educators. All this makes sense as diabetes education is dose dependent and it only works if taken the way it is intended.

Susie King shares what diabetes educators can do to help with prediabetes interventions

Susie King shares what diabetes educators can do to help with prediabetes interventions

This blog, I am honored to have a conversation with Susie King who is a Diabetes Prevention Coordinator at Indiana State Department of Health. Susie has worked in the diabetes industry for most of her career. Her experience has spanned the continuum of diabetes care, including promoting diabetes products for pharmaceutical and medical device companies to promoting diabetes education for a major Indiana healthcare system.

This Valentine’s day

This Valentine’s day

This Valentine’s day, I would like to celebrate our corporate sponsors. The pharmaceutical industry who is Healthy Interactions partner in delivering education programs for healthcare providers (HCPs) and people with diabetes (PWD). For me personally, it all started 13 years ago, when I was part of the pharma sponsored diabetes education team in Chicago. I was educating physicians and their patients on starting insulin. As a diabetes educator, I...

Why should we cope when we can flourish?

Why should we cope when we can flourish?

I have been familiar with Riva’s amazing work as an advocate for people with diabetes for years now. I was able to finally meet Riva at the last AADE meeting in San Diego where Riva, educators from Hong Kong, and I had a great lunch together. Our conversation was very special for us, as diabetes educators. We talked with Riva not as a person with diabetes (PWD), but as our teacher, our mentor and our educator. We wanted Riva to help us become better educators, we wanted to learn from a PWD and create a true concordance. This blog is special as I can share the learning with you. Enjoy the read!

Holiday Gratitude

Holiday Gratitude

This blog will be short and sweet….. Just like all of the moments I would like to reflect upon and share my gratitude to our team. Gratitude is for all of this year's interactions with an amazing group of people.Someone once said that simplicity is the ultimate satisfaction. Simplicity is also part of the moments that create happiness in our daily living. A simple ‘Feel good’ moment does not always happen when someone is saying something smart, but rather when I realize that I was understood, respected and accepted!