The mission of the program is to help clinically trained healthcare professionals acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the increased demand for comprehensive, evidence-based, safe, and effective diabetes care for the 25.8 million Americans who currently have diabetes and the estimated 44 million Americans expected to have the diagnosis of diabetes by 2034.
Goals and Competencies
The goals of the program are to prepare healthcare professionals to:
- work collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team to apply evidence-based practices derived from biological and social sciences research, use effective communication and counseling skills, and employ sound educational strategies to empower individuals with, and at risk for, diabetes to achieve behavior changes that optimize health
- use research studies on diabetes prevention and diabetes self-management behavior to improve interventions for diabetes and to challenge current practice standards, guidelines and protocols when current research and evidence indicate that revisions in the delivery of diabetes care may improve outcomes
- influence public policy, third party payers, employers and regulatory agencies to improve the quality and availability of diabetes care and to modify social and societal conditions such that behaviors that prevent diabetes are enabled and supported
- advocate to reduce health disparities that continue to exist among ethnic groups
The major areas of competency developed in the program are listed below.
- Knowledge of Pathogenesis & Physiology of Diabetes
- Knowledge and Implementation of Treatments for Diabetes
- Knowledge of the Socio-cultural Context in which Diabetes Occurs, is Diagnosed, Treated & Managed
- Assessment & Goal-Setting
- Facilitating Behavior Change (Implementation / Evaluation / Outcomes)
- Instituting and Managing Diabetes Education Programs
- Advocating for Persons with Diabetes at institutional, local, state, and national levels.
These competencies are based on documents published by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), and the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).