AADE Daily News talked with Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE, co-leader of AADE’s collaboration with the peer support communities (PSC) and 2016 AADE President, about the Sunday session “The Educator’s Role in Advocating Peer Support: Why, When, and How?” The session begins at 9:15 am Sunday in Room 307. Here’s what she had to say about this panel presentation that will focus on the role of peer support and what diabetes educators can do to better understand and engage with these communities.
AADE Daily News: What highlights do you expect will be covered in the presentation “The Educator’s Role in Advocating Peer Support: Why, When, and How?”
Hope Warshaw: There are three distinct sections of this presentation.
- I will kick the program off with an orientation to the informal, and now more formalized collaboration, that AADE has been engaging in with leaders of the PSC, also often referred to as the diabetes online community (DOC). Since about 2010 AADE has, at annual conferences and on various projects, been collaborating with these communities and their leaders. This relationship became more formalized with an in person meeting in October of 2017. Since that point, AADE, along with the PSC, have taken a number of actions including initiating a peer support resources section of AADE’s website.
- Edwin Fisher, PhD, Professor and Global Director, Peers for Progress, Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will in rapid-fire fashion give attendees a global perspective of the value of peer support in chronic disease care.
- The final section of the program will be a panel discussion led by David Edelman, founder of Diabetes Daily and co-leader of the AADE-PSC effort. Panel members include myself, Christina Roth, CEO of College Diabetes Network, Cherise Shockley, founder of Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (and DSMA weekly Twitter Chats) and Amy Tenderich, MA, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DiabetesMine. We’ll discuss why, when and how diabetes educators should recommend peer support to their clients with diabetes and their caregivers, and why leaders of peer support communities should help spread the word about the value of diabetes educators and education. We’ll provide attendees with available resources from AADE.
AADE Daily News: What are the medical and/or administrative challenges this session will address? Why is this topic an important inclusion in the greater AADE program?
Hope Warshaw: Diabetes is a complex disease. Much of the day-to-day management of diabetes is self-care and dependent on the person and their support system. Ongoing support, both by clinicians and peers, can be an important part of achieving positive clinical and mental health outcomes. Technology has, and will continue to, make connecting virtually through social media and networking possible. This medium has led to a number of online peer support communities that help people give and get practical advice and support 24/7. Peer support is not a replacement for ongoing clinical support but is a healthy addition to it.
AADE Daily News: Building from the highlights, what are the key take-aways? What do you hope that attendees will gain from the presentation that will assist them in their work?
Hope Warshaw: There are three key take-aways.
- Better appreciate the role peer support and engagement with peer support communities can play in improving the holistic care of people with diabetes.
- Have ways and resources with which to connect with peer support communities to learn more about them and how to refer their clients to communities that may fit their needs.
- Recognize the value of the collaboration AADE is building with the PSC to both increase the role and value of peer support as well as to encourage peer support communities to recognize and refer to diabetes education/educators.