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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!

Meet Erum and Erin, Advocates of People with Diabetes

Meet Erum and Erin, Advocates of People with Diabetes

We are delighted to feature Erum and Erin as the advocates of a person with diabetes (PWD). PWD contemplate over 200 additional decisions in an average day, compared to one without diabetes. Erin has been living with diabetes since her childhood, and Erum since young adulthood. Both have a lot of wisdom that I have learned as a healthcare provider. Erum and Erin are teachers about diabetes and leaders. They are part of IDF Young Leaders who mentor and support other kids and young adults with diabetes. September is all about awareness of kids living with medical conditions. That said, I would like to celebrate, reflect and inspire not only kids living with diabetes, but healthcare professionals partnering with the journey.

Pokémon Go and Diabetes

Pokémon Go and Diabetes

Like diabetes, Pokémon has been around for a while now but has revamped with a new innovative strategy -- Pokémon Go. The innovation is all part of augmented reality (AR), the practice of overlaying digital images on the real world via smartphones screen. With diabetes, that reality is the extension of real world daily tasks that people with diabetes (PWD) need to do to get their glucose under control. It is like living in a game of immediate decision making related to food, physical activity, medication, pain, discomfort, stress, unexplained increased in glycaemia, and all that is required to meet one's’ daily self-management goals.

The COPD and CHF Map Program

The COPD and CHF Map Program

The purpose of this blog is to showcase how diabetes educators can expand their scope by providing COPD and CHF self-management education. For starters, let me introduce myself; I am Nick Armes, a Business Analyst at Healthy Interactions. I’ve been here over a year, having come from Lilly diabetes, as well as Cardiovascular divisions. I’m passionate about patient education because as a former drug rep I saw everyday that patients did not understand their conditions, diseases, or problems - they just wanted a pill to fix everything. Through Lilly’s Sales University, I began to better understand the anatomy and physiology behind diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and I think everyone who has these conditions would benefit from better understanding as to how the disease occurs, how it affects them, and what they can do to prevent or improve their own situation.

Gamification of Learning About Diabetes

Gamification of Learning About Diabetes

Learning about diabetes is a process. In school, we are given a lesson that results in a test versus with diabetes, we are given a test that teaches us a lesson. As diabetes educators, we use situational problem solving as one of the approaches to help patients figure out solutions to their challenges.