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Holiday Health and Peace - Thanks to All!

Holiday Health and Peace - Thanks to All!

We would like to dedicate this holiday season blog to everyone involved in Healthy Interactions’ work: all of the amazing Conversation Map facilitators from over 120 countries, our association partners, such as American Diabetes Association, International Diabetes Federation, as well as all of the local associations involved in our global program. I also would like to give thanks to our corporate sponsors who allow for all of this to continuously happen.

Scaling Change

Last month, I was fortunate to be able to attend Obesity Week in Los Angeles. This conference not only highlighted treatment options for obesity, but also identified where healthcare is falling short to tackle this epidemic. One consistent theme of the conference was the power that all of us have as individuals to change the direction of current treatment. This brought to mind a note that a former patient sent me recently.

Connecting Learning with Behavior Change: A Conversation with Chris Hohenberger, Senior Conversation Map® Developer

Connecting Learning with Behavior Change: A Conversation with Chris Hohenberger, Senior <i>Conversation Map</i><sup>®</sup> Developer

For the last 20 years, I have been providing patient education and care and for the last 15 years, I have been a Certified Diabetes Educator. But, the most learning and advancement in my career has happened over the last 8 years—when I started using the Conversation Map® tools.

HI Goals App: An Educator’s Review

HI Goals App: An Educator’s Review

As many of you already know, the diabetes Conversation Map® tools are a full curriculum for type 2 DSME/S. This means that the content covered during the Map sessions, with supporting materials, meets the American Diabetes Association Recognition criteria for a complete DSME curriculum.

How to Carve Out More Support for the Diabetes Caregiver in a DSME/S Program

How to Carve Out More Support for the Diabetes Caregiver in a DSME/S Program

Diabetes is a condition that affects the entire family. Many aspects of daily living, such as eating, working, sleeping, physical activity, and stress management can be greatly impacted. An approach I feel strongly about, and I think many of us have adopted, is to invite patients' family members and caregivers to group diabetes education sessions. Including caregivers in these sessions creates an environment in which all participants not only learn how to manage diabetes together, but also learn how to support each other.

AADE Annual Conference: Engagement and Innovation

AADE Annual Conference: Engagement and Innovation

Being a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has always been part of my professional development. As a long-time member (over 15 years), I have attended most of the annual conferences and this year was no exception.

Medicare Billing for DSME and MNT Services: A Conversation with Jo Ellen Condon

Medicare Billing for DSME and MNT Services: A Conversation with Jo Ellen Condon

We recently hosted a webinar on Medicare Billing for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSME/S) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with Jo Ellen Condon, Director of Education Recognition at the American Diabetes Association. Below is a Q&A with Jo Ellen that reflects some of the questions answered on the webinar as well as some received as follow-up questions via email.

Patient Engagement and DSME Referrals: A Conversation with Dr. David Moen

Patient Engagement and DSME Referrals: A Conversation with Dr. David Moen

We are thrilled to feature David Moen, MD as part of our conversations around patient engagement. Ultimately, we believe that the patient is in the driver’s seat when it comes to enrolling in DSME in order to pursue improved health outcomes. But we play a critical role in encouraging this effort at the outset and throughout the process.

How the New Position Statement Will Rekindle Your Passion for DSME/S

How the New Position Statement Will Rekindle Your Passion for DSME/S

After the American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions, I came back to work with renewed focus and excitement for self-management education and support. A new position statement on diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S) in type 2 diabetes

Three Stages to Successful Behavior Change

Three Stages to Successful Behavior Change

Behavior change can be a complex and difficult journey. However, having a simple framework can make it approachable for both you and your patients. A few weeks ago I met with a physician who shared the framework that works best for him. We were discussing how overwhelming behavior change can be for patients.