By Donna Ryan, MPH, RN, RD, CDE, FAADE, AADE President
One of the highlights of any general session are the keynote speakers! At 7:30 am each morning (ouch, I know it’s early-but it’s worth it) we are looking forward to turning Passion into Action with brilliant dialogues and future landscapes for attendees focusing on best practices, fresh ideas and bold outcomes.
Our keynote speakers are especially relevant this year. The messages they will deliver are specifically crafted and linked to each other and to the importance of diabetes educators in the current healthcare milieu and most importantly, in the future. We are fortunate to have four amazing keynote speakers and panelists.
Friday, August 17 – Robert Gabbay, MD, PhD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center, will speak on the many roles of diabetes educators and the opportunities that exist in new models of care, such as diabetes population health. If you have questions about the future of healthcare with all the many changes we are undergoing, Dr. Gabbay will outline where and how the specialty of diabetes education can make the biggest impact and help transform care for people, providers and healthcare systems.
Saturday, August 18 – Soma Stout, MD, MS, Vice President at the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI), shares the IHI’s national quality initiative with a twist for diabetes ‘One Hundred Million Healthier Diabetes Lives.’ The impact of diabetes educators on the national, local, and personal outcomes of people with diabetes is huge, and potentially exponential. Our involvement and ownership of the diabetes domain with our expertise and passion will help improve 30 million lives with diabetes. The IHI platform is an excellent partnership to help us reach that goal.
Sunday, August 19 – Clydette Powell, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Division of Healthcare Quality, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services, brings us a focused insight into what our federal partners are doing to improve hypoglycemia, adverse drug errors, and other quality measures and initiatives that address the burden and opportunities for diabetes care in the US. AADE and our membership have a critical role to play in supporting and protecting people with diabetes.
Monday, August 29 – Mary de Groot, PhD, Associate Professor, Diabetes Translational Research Center – Indiana University School of Medicine, will present ‘The Role of Peer Support in Mental Health’ with a panel of diabetes advocates and experts to explore and discuss the importance of the inclusion and intersection of these two important topics. Panelists include: Anna Norton, MS, CEO of DiabetesSisters; Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, Assistant Professor/Nurse Practitioner at the University of Utah College of Nursing; and Elizabeth Beverly, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
While at AADE18 be sure to set your phone alarms, grab a breakfast to go, and get ready for some inspiring keynote speakers.