Upcoming Webinar: Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes Standards | 1.5 CEs | Airs Live Sept. 2nd

Join us for our upcoming webinar

Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Standards | Level 2 | 1.5 CEs

Airs live this Thursday, September 2nd at 11:30 am

This course takes a close look at insulin resistance syndrome and vascular complications. We discuss the impact of vessel disease from the heart to the toes. Included is a discussion of identifying and preventing vascular disease and a comprehensive review of the latest ADA Standards of Care for heart disease.

Objectives:

  1. The impact of insulin resistance and hyperglycemia on vessel disease
  2. State the complications and factors associated with vascular disease
  3. List management goals to reduce the risk of vascular disease
  4. Discuss strategies to promote health

Can’t make it live? All paid registrants are guaranteed access to the video presentation, handouts and podcasts.

See Full Calendar for Diabetes Education Services Webinars and Seminars


Want to learn more about this topic and more?

Join our Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program!
Airs live October 6-8, 2021

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

If you are seeking a state-of-the-art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need. This program can also be a great addition to your CDCES or BC-ADM exam study plan.

Team of expert faculty includes:

  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020
  • Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM
  • Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES, Diabetes Program Coordinator

In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!

CEs: Includes over 30 CEs
Program Info: 2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)
Speakers: View Conference Faculty.
Dates: October 6-8. Don’t worry if you can’t make it live. YourRegistration fee includes access to FREE podcast and all recorded webinars for one year.

Two Registration Options


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference Deluxe | Oct. 6-8 | 30+ CEs

Deluxe Virtual Program for $499 includes:

  • Presentations by our team of experts
  • Q & A Session with the instructor after each webinar
  • State-of-the-art review of current diabetes care and technology.
  • Resources for each session
  • Access to FREE podcast and recorded webinars within a week of each live session for one full year.

+Plus Syllabus, Standards and Swag:

  • Diabetes Educator Course 2021 Syllabus Hard Copy – over 100 pages -This spiral-bound workbook contains the printed version of all of the instructor’s slides.
  • ADA 2021 Standards of Care Book -The ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes is a key resource for healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care, education, and support.
  • DiabetesEd Services highlightersMedication PocketCard and Pen

Syllabus and Bonus Items Shipping Notice for Deluxe Virtual Conference: Our company is based in California, so if you live toward the east coast it can take more than 5 business days for the book to arrive. Please purchase the conference with syllabus no later than Tuesday, Sept 28th to ensure delivery in time for the conference.

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference Basic | Oct. 6-8 | 30+ CEs

Basic virtual program for $399 includes:

  • Presentations by our team of experts
  • Q & A Session with the instructor after each webinar
  • State-of-the-art review of current diabetes care and technology.
  • Resources for each session
  • Access to FREE podcast and recorded webinars within a week of each live session for one full year.

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


Team of Experts: Our team of expert faculty has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years and we know what you need to succeed! In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!


Bonus Courses worth 12+ CEs, FREE

When you register for our Virtual Course, you have immediate access to these Bonus DiabetesEd University Online Courses – for FREE!

  • Test Taking Toolkit – Over 200 sample test questions!
  • Level 2 – Assessing and Promoting Well-Being: From Population Health to a Person-Centered Approach 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Hospital and Hyperglycemia 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Hyperglycemic Crisis, DKA and HHS Standards 1.0 CEs
  • Level 2 – Meds Management Update for Type 2 – 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Setting up a Successful Diabetes Program 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Pregnancy and Diabetes 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – From Tots to Teens – Diabetes Standards 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Older Adults and Diabetes 1.5 CEs
  • Mindfulness and Compassion in the Diabetes Encounter – 1.0 CE

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


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Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference | 30+ CEs

Join our Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program!

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

If you are seeking a state-of-the-art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need. This program can also be a great addition to your CDCES or BC-ADM exam study plan.

Team of expert faculty includes:

  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES – Educator of the Year, 2020
  • Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM
  • Ashley LaBrier, MS, RD, CDCES, Diabetes Program Coordinator

In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!

CEs: Includes over 30 CEs
Program Info: 2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)
Speakers: View Conference Faculty.

Two Registration Options


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference Deluxe | 30+ CEs

Deluxe Virtual Program for $459 includes:

  • Presentations by our team of experts
  • Q & A Session with the instructor after each webinar
  • State-of-the-art review of current diabetes care and technology.
  • Resources for each session
  • Access to FREE podcast and recorded webinars within a week of each live session for one full year.

+Plus Syllabus, Standards and Swag:

  • Diabetes Educator Course 2021 Syllabus Hard Copy – over 100 pages -This spiral-bound workbook contains the printed version of all of the instructor’s slides.
  • ADA 2021 Standards of Care Book -The ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes is a key resource for healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care, education, and support.
  • DiabetesEd Services highlightersMedication PocketCard and Pen

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference Basic | 30+ CEs

Basic virtual program for $359 includes:

  • Presentations by our team of experts
  • Q & A Session with the instructor after each webinar
  • State-of-the-art review of current diabetes care and technology.
  • Resources for each session
  • Access to FREE podcast and recorded webinars within a week of each live session for one full year.

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


Team of Experts: Our team of expert faculty has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years and we know what you need to succeed! In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!


Bonus Courses worth 12+ CEs, FREE

When you register for our Virtual Course, you have immediate access to these Bonus DiabetesEd University Online Courses – for FREE!

  • Test Taking Toolkit – Over 200 sample test questions!
  • Level 2 – Assessing and Promoting Well-Being: From Population Health to a Person-Centered Approach 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Hospital and Hyperglycemia 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Hyperglycemic Crisis, DKA and HHS Standards 1.0 CEs
  • Level 2 – Meds Management Update for Type 2 – 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Setting up a Successful Diabetes Program 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Pregnancy and Diabetes 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – From Tots to Teens – Diabetes Standards 1.5 CEs
  • Level 2 – Older Adults and Diabetes 1.5 CEs
  • Mindfulness and Compassion in the Diabetes Encounter – 1.0 CE

2021 Diabetes Educator Course Flyer & Schedule (subject to change)


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Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Upcoming CE Course: Pregnancy & Diabetes Standards

Want to learn more about Pregnancy & Diabetes? Join us live for our

Level 2 | Pregnancy & Diabetes Standards Webinar
1.5 CE | July 21

People living with diabetes who are pregnant are confronted with a variety of issues that require special attention, education, and understanding. 

This course reviews those special needs while focusing on Gestational Diabetes and Pre-Existing Diabetes. Included are the most recent diagnostic criteria, management goals, and prevention of complications during pregnancy. A helpful review for the CDCES Exam and for those who want more information on people who are pregnant and live with Diabetes.

Topics include:

  • Three issues that affect pregnancy with diabetes
  • The unique attributes of pre-existing diabetes in pregnancy and gestational diabetes
  • Diagnostic criteria and management goals for gestational diabetes
  • Potential short term and long term complications of fetal exposure to hypoglycemia
  • Prevention measures to keep mother and baby healthy

See Full Calendar for upcoming webinars and Virtual Courses.

Can’t make it live? All paid registrants are guaranteed access to the video presentation, handouts and podcasts.


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Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Due June 30: Scholarships for San Diego Diabetes Seminar

We will be awarding 3 scholarships for our DiabetesEd Specialist Live Seminar in San Diego!

Scholarship Applications
are Due June 30, 2021

We are offering 3 Scholarship Options for our San Diego DiabetesEd Specialist Conference, October 6-8, 2021.

We don’t want financial barriers to stop anyone from attending this conference. In appreciation of those who are role models and advocates for practicing the best diabetes care in their communities, we are offering two $1000 Scholarships and one $599 dollar scholarship. Scholarships are due by June 30th, so apply today!

“Not just a course – it’s an experience”

An opportunity to earn 30+ CEs and learn in an interactive, fun-spirited environment with our team of experts.

Regular price: $599


3 Scholarships Available

  1. Flower Scholarship valued at $1000 for a diabetes nurse educator who comes from an under-served community and is providing care and education to communities that lack access to Diabetes Specialists and health care resources. The nurse applicant taking their CDCES exam within a year. The donor of this scholarship is generously providing funds to cover course registration plus 2 nights hotel stay at the conference site in San Diego.
  2. Making a Difference Exemplar Scholarship valued at $1000 for a diabetes educator who exemplifies advocacy and compassionate care in their community and is pursuing their CDCES. This top-tier scholarship provides funds to cover course registration plus 2 nights hotel stay in San Diego.
  3. Making a Difference Scholarship valued at $599 for a diabetes educator who exemplifies advocacy and compassionate care in their community and is pursuing their CDCES. This scholarship provides funds to cover course registration.

Flower and Making a Difference Scholarship Online Applications


Scholarship Applications
are Due June 30, 2021


The goal of these scholarships are three-fold:

  1. To support U.S. health care professionals who are going above and beyond to improve diabetes care in their community; and
  2. To support applicants’ effort to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and
  3. To provide financial assistance with the DiabetesEd Course registration fee and or sleeping rooms

If you are passionate about diabetes education, actively involved in providing the best diabetes care, preparing for certification and seeking financial assistance to attend our DiabetesEd Specialist Course, you are invited to apply for one of these scholarships.

For any of these scholarships, applicants must currently reside within the United States. Per California Conference Safety Regulations, all applicants must be vaccinated for COVID-19 (Read more here). If you are interested, please download and complete the scholarship application below.


We’ve Missed you!

Join us in San Diego, CA!

October 6 – 8, 2021*
*IMPORTANT! Please review these COVID safety regulations before registering for this course >>

Earn 30+ CEs

More than a course, it’s an experience!”

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll leave our live seminar with the latest research plus teaching tools you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

Who should attend? Health care professionals interested in taking the CDCES (formerly known as CDE) or BC-ADM exam or those seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care. We also invite those in looking for hours to renew or apply for the CDCES or BC-ADM exam.

Register Now

Registration Fee: $599

Registration Fee includes:

  • 2.5 Days: of critical information delivered by passionate speakers in an engaging and fun format!
    20+ CEs: earned at the Live Seminar (RDs earn 20 CEs while Nurses & CA Pharmacists earn 24 CEs)
    Bonus Online Courses, Earn 13 CEs: As a course attendee, you automatically receive a bonus online course bundle of 12 online courses valued at over $179. Coach Beverly carefully chose each of these courses based on student feedback on which content best helped them succeed at the CDCES Exam and in their clinical practice. You will be given instruction after you purchase the course on how to enroll in our Online University and get started!
  • Physical Syllabus: One of the few courses out there which provides a physical, spiral-bound syllabus, with PowerPoint slides pictured inside to follow along with note-taking. Over 100 pages meant to help you follow along and review after!
  • Additional: Healthy meal options for breakfast and lunch. CE certificates and a fun and engaging learning environment.

Team of Experts: Our team of expert faculty has been fine-tuning this course for over 20 years and we know what you need to succeed! In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!  

IMPORTANT! Please review these COVID safety regulations before registering for this course>>


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Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

FREE Webinars: Steps for Becoming a CDCES or BC-ADM

Are you preparing for the CDCES or BC-ADM Exam?


Join us for upcoming FREE webinars


Preparing for the CDCES Exam that Airs Live July 8th

&

Preparing for the BC-ADM Exam that Airs Live July 15th


Becoming a CDCES FREE Webinar

Join us to get ready to succeed a the CDCES Exam. This course will transform your test anxiety into calm self-confidence and test-taking readiness.
Topics covered include:

  • Changes in requirements for 2021
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed
  • Review of study tips and test-taking tactics.

We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Intended Audience: This FREE webinar is designed for individual or groups of diabetes educators, including RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants and other health care providers interested in achieving excellence in diabetes care and becoming Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists®.

Prep for CDCES Upcoming Webinar Dates Include – Register Today

July 8, 2021
August 5, 2021
September 9, 2021
November 4, 2021


Preparing for the BC-ADM Exam Free Webinar – What you need to know

Becoming Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) provides an opportunity for diabetes specialists with an advanced degree in their field (plus a professional license as an advanced practice nurse, registered dietitian, registered pharmacist, or provider) to increase the breadth and depth of their diabetes knowledge. The scope of advanced diabetes practice includes management skills such as medication adjustment, medical nutrition therapy, exercise planning, counseling for behavior management, and psychosocial issues.

Attaining optimal diabetes management includes using a person-centered approach coupled with assessment, screening, management, and monitoring of acute and chronic diabetes co conditions. This webinar will review changes in requirements for 2021, exam eligibility and test format, strategies to succeed along with a review of study tips and test-taking tactics. We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers. We hope you can join us for this webinar.  

Prep for BC-ADM Upcoming Webinar Dates Include – Register Today
July 15th
September 28th


2021 Live Webinar Events

See Full Calendar for upcoming webinars and Virtual Courses.


We’ve Missed you!

Join us in San Diego, CA!

October 6 – 8, 2021*
*IMPORTANT! Please review these COVID safety regulations before registering for this course >>

Earn 30+ CEs

More than a course, it’s an experience!”

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll leave our live seminar with the latest research plus teaching tools you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

Who should attend? Health care professionals interested in taking the CDCES (formerly known as CDE) or BC-ADM exam or those seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care. We also invite those in looking for hours to renew or apply for the CDCES or BC-ADM exam.

Register Now

Registration Fee: $599

Registration Fee includes:

  • 2.5 Days: of critical information delivered by passionate speakers in an engaging and fun format!
    20+ CEs: earned at the Live Seminar (RDs earn 20 CEs while Nurses & CA Pharmacists earn 24 CEs)
    Bonus Online Courses, Earn 13 CEs: As a course attendee, you automatically receive a bonus online course bundle of 12 online courses valued at over $179. Coach Beverly carefully chose each of these courses based on student feedback on which content best helped them succeed at the CDCES Exam and in their clinical practice. You will be given instruction after you purchase the course on how to enroll in our Online University and get started!
  • Physical Syllabus: One of the few courses out there which provides a physical, spiral-bound syllabus, with PowerPoint slides pictured inside to follow along with note-taking. Over 100 pages meant to help you follow along and review after!
  • Additional: Healthy meal options for breakfast and lunch. CE certificates and a fun and engaging learning environment.

Team of Experts: Our team of expert faculty has been fine-tuning this course for over 20 years and we know what you need to succeed! In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!  

IMPORTANT! Please review these COVID safety regulations before registering for this course>>


Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!

Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

3 Scholarship Opportunites for San Diego Diabetes Seminar

We will be awarding 3 scholarships for our DiabetesEd Specialist Live Seminar in San Diego!

We are offering 3 Scholarship Options for our San Diego DiabetesEd Specialist Conference, October 6-8, 2021.

We don’t want financial barriers to stop anyone from attending this conference. In appreciation of those who are role models and advocates for practicing the best diabetes care in their communities, we are offering two $1000 Scholarships and one $599 dollar scholarship. Scholarships are due by June 30th, so apply today!

“Not just a course – it’s an experience”

An opportunity to earn 30+ CEs and learn in an interactive, fun-spirited environment with our team of experts.

Regular price: $599


3 Scholarships Available

  1. Flower Scholarship valued at $1000 for a diabetes nurse educator who comes from an under-served community and is providing care and education to communities that lack access to Diabetes Specialists and health care resources. The nurse applicant taking their CDCES exam within a year. The donor of this scholarship is generously providing funds to cover course registration plus 2 nights hotel stay at the conference site in San Diego.
  2. Making a Difference Exemplar Scholarship valued at $1000 for a diabetes educator who exemplifies advocacy and compassionate care in their community and is pursuing their CDCES. This top-tier scholarship provides funds to cover course registration plus 2 nights hotel stay in San Diego.
  3. Making a Difference Scholarship valued at $599 for a diabetes educator who exemplifies advocacy and compassionate care in their community and is pursuing their CDCES. This scholarship provides funds to cover course registration.

Flower and Making a Difference Scholarship Online Applications


Scholarship Applications
Due June 30, 2021


The goal of these scholarships are three-fold:

  1. To support U.S. health care professionals who are going above and beyond to improve diabetes care in their community; and
  2. To support applicants’ effort to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and
  3. To provide financial assistance with the DiabetesEd Course registration fee and or sleeping rooms

If you are passionate about diabetes education, actively involved in providing the best diabetes care, preparing for certification and seeking financial assistance to attend our DiabetesEd Specialist Course, you are invited to apply for one of these scholarships.

For any of these scholarships, applicants must currently reside within the United States. Per California Conference Safety Regulations, all applicants must be vaccinated for COVID-19 (Read more here). If you are interested, please download and complete the scholarship application below.


We’ve Missed you!

Join us in San Diego, CA!

October 6 – 8, 2021*
*IMPORTANT! Please review these COVID safety regulations before registering for this course >>

Earn 30+ CEs

More than a course, it’s an experience!”

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll leave our live seminar with the latest research plus teaching tools you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

Who should attend? Health care professionals interested in taking the CDCES (formerly known as CDE) or BC-ADM exam or those seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care. We also invite those in looking for hours to renew or apply for the CDCES or BC-ADM exam.

Register Now

Registration Fee: $599

Registration Fee includes:

  • 2.5 Days: of critical information delivered by passionate speakers in an engaging and fun format!
    20+ CEs: earned at the Live Seminar (RDs earn 20 CEs while Nurses & CA Pharmacists earn 24 CEs)
    Bonus Online Courses, Earn 13 CEs: As a course attendee, you automatically receive a bonus online course bundle of 12 online courses valued at over $179. Coach Beverly carefully chose each of these courses based on student feedback on which content best helped them succeed at the CDCES Exam and in their clinical practice. You will be given instruction after you purchase the course on how to enroll in our Online University and get started!
  • Physical Syllabus: One of the few courses out there which provides a physical, spiral-bound syllabus, with PowerPoint slides pictured inside to follow along with note-taking. Over 100 pages meant to help you follow along and review after!
  • Additional: Healthy meal options for breakfast and lunch. CE certificates and a fun and engaging learning environment.

Team of Experts: Our team of expert faculty has been fine-tuning this course for over 20 years and we know what you need to succeed! In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today!  

IMPORTANT! Please review these COVID safety regulations before registering for this course>>


Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!

Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Creating Inclusive Practices for LGBTQ+ Community – An Interview with Theresa Garnero

June is Pride Month and in honor of providing best care for our LGBTQ+ community, we are highlighting an expert interview, with my dear friend and colleague, Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDCES.

Theresa is a trailblazer and advocate in the field and she reminds us that whether we provide services in the hospital, clinic, or outpatient settings, we can take steps to help all people we serve feel welcome and included. We know that many people from the LGBTQ+ community with prediabetes or diabetes may delay seeking medical care to avoid the pain of social stigma often experienced in medical settings.

“Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community have unique health disparities and worse health outcomes than their heterosexual counterparts, which has clinical relevance in the delivery of diabetes care and education. Diabetes care and education specialists are in a pivotal position to help this medically-underserved and vulnerable population get the best possible care.” – ADCES

By paying careful attention to each person’s experience from the moment they walk in the door until we say goodbye, we can find ways to create a more inclusive environment. This awareness of the details, such as inclusive gender questions on intake forms or gender-neutral signage on the bathrooms, are great first steps to show your care and respect for those you work with.

For more information on this topic, we turn to our expert for insights and resources.

Interview with Ms. Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDCES

1. What inspired you to write the ground-breaking article for on “Providing Culturally Sensitive Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community” in Diabetes Spectrum, gosh – already 10 years ago now?

I heard a researcher at a national conference go on and on about needing to screen the daughters of women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) for diabetes since there is a strong link between PCOS and type 2. She never discussed the population of women that have the highest rates of PCOS – lesbians (38% of lesbians have PCOS vs. 14% of heterosexual women1). So I went up to the mic and asked her if she was aware of Agrawal’s work showing lesbians have the highest rate of PCOS. I was flabbergasted when she said yes. I responded she might want to include that most vulnerable population in her talk as we need to screen all women at risk.

It got me thinking about how could a well-known professor at a national diabetes conference willingly withhold data about an under-served population? So, I began to comb through the existing research that impacts the LGBTQ community with regards to diabetes care and prevention. And I was astonished what I found. So, I wrote the article and was so glad the ADA published it. But why wasn’t this part of the conversation back then? Even now? And I still ask, why won’t ADA reply to my inquiries to include this special population within their Standards of Care?

2. What’s the first step our readers could do to provide inclusive care to the sexual and gender minority population of people with prediabetes and diabetes who seek care?

Actually take steps to include this special population. I think there are several opportunities to do this, starting with making sure their environment gives clues that it is a safe place for the LGBTQ community to seek care. Remember, this community is used to outright hostility from within the healthcare system and are often reluctant to self-disclose out of fear for getting substandard care.  I once worked with a man with type 1 diabetes who was gay tell me that his endocrinologist told him he deserved every low he got, and that when he’d go to the emergency department, they refused for his husband to be by his side And that happened in the gay mecca of San Francisco! Imagine other “less tolerant” places.

If they see you don’t have a clue because you have old forms with old terms, they most likely won’t come out. And if they don’t come out, then you don’t have all the data to make an individualized plan. So, you can check your assessment forms to see if you use inclusive terms. Do you actually ask for LGBTQ status by asking for sexual orientation, gender identification and relationship status (not marital status)? And collect the aggregate data! Just because it’s not measured doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Do you have clues in your waiting room that it’s safe and friendly for this group (like post a little rainbow flag)? Do you include LGBTQ risk factors for health outcomes in your materials? Do you tell people you are here to help everyone, no matter their situation or who they’re with? I realize change is slow, but collectively as individuals, and nationally, we can make it a better place for this underserved population.

3. “Inclusive Care” seems to be the new buzz phrase, but I bet most diabetes care and education specialist think they are being inclusive. I mean, how could you not be?

Because if you don’t even know a certain segment of those you care for have unique risk factors, and arguably worse – you have no clue who that vulnerable population is in your practice – you aren’t doing all you can to provide quality care to all you serve. It’s estimated that the number of LGBTQ individuals with diabetes equals that of the amount of people with type 1, so it’s not a small number we’re talking about. As an example, let’s apply this to Social Determinants of Health. We talk about the research showing how your zip code has more to do with your health than your DNA, particularly as it relates to food insecurity. But did you know LGBTQ individuals and families have the highest rates of food insecurity? Why isn’t that research included in diabetes mainstream publications and conferences?

According to research presented by the Williams Institute2, more than 1 in 4 LGBTQ adults (27%), approximately 2.2 million people, experienced a time in the last year when they did not have enough money to feed themselves or their families, compared to 17% of non-LGBTQ adults.

And when you add racial/ethnic sub-populations within the LGBTQ community, the stats are staggering:

  • Among LGBTQ people, 42% of African-Americans, 33% of Hispanics, 32% of American Indians and Alaskan Natives, and 21% of Whites reported not having enough money for food in the past year.

4. I was thrilled to see the handout that you wrote about inclusive care for the ADCES. That’s a start for sure. How do you think this came about?

Thank you! I am so excited to see our national organization pay attention to the LGBTQ population and help get the word out about what we can do. I think because they are interested in us being the best diabetes care and education specialist that we can and including everyone is part of that. I had also just spoken at the AADE conference in Houston. We had a panel of professionals and researchers that represented the LGBTQ community. (I had spoken previously at AADE, but that was just by myself and this last time was so special.) I’m truly impressed with how much research that has transpired in these 10 years.

5. Any closing thoughts?

I’d say that a willingness to learn is so important. As is recognizing one’s personal biases. We certainly don’t agree with the lifestyles of all we serve, but it is not our role to judge or let those biases interfere with helping someone find a path to thriving with diabetes. And just know, it takes time to get up to speed. I’d encourage readers to check out the ADCES handout and watch this funny video clip that a colleague sent me. Honestly, it is hard to keep up with the terms, even for someone like me who helped to get this topic on the diabetes radar. This video made me crack up and appreciate the nuance of all the terms. I bet your audience would like it too. You can check out the “What “The Sex Talk” Looks Like Now, by Alternatino. Thanks so much, Beverly, for your willingness to discuss the topic. I truly hope it helps your readers improve their care delivery.


Ms. Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDCES  trail-blazed several innovations in the field of diabetes in the years that followed being awarded the national Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (2004).

Her latest efforts involve trying to reach people with prediabetes and type 2 who are currently not being reached with our face-to-face programs. How? She created the Sweet People Club  an all online program which uses a flipped classroom concept so people can follow the Diabetes Prevention Program and also manage type 2 through a series of professionally-made videos (ahem, nearly 150 of them!) that they can watch at a time that is convenient for them, then ask questions through the portal, as well as meet virtually face-to-face real time with a Registered Dietitian twice a month.

If you’d like access to experience what the program is like, she is sharing her work and invites your feedback. Visit https://www.sweetpeopleclub.com/pro/ or email her for questions at Theresa.Garnero@sweetpeopleclub.com 

List of Resources

ADCES Inclusive Care for LGBTQ+ People with Diabetes Handout – this handout provides definitions, terms to avoid, and a cultural competency checklist to help you move towards improving inclusivity within your practice.

All Gender Restroom Sign PDF

A Guide To Gender Identity Terms by NPR – A glossary for gender identity terms to use more inclusive language.

Diabetes Prevention and Management for LGBTQ+ People Handout – this handout includes research of diabetes within the LGBTQ community, along with clinical considerations, programs, and resources for diabetes educators to use within their practice.

Policies on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ+) issues – this resource by the American Medical Association lists all the current healthcare policies in place for the LGBTQ community.

Helio’s LGBTQ+ Health Updates Resource Center – this is a “collection of news articles and features that provide the latest information on the unique health needs of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community.”

  1. Agrawal et al: Prev. of polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovary syndrome in lesbian women compared w heterosexual women. Fert Steril 82:1352-57, 2004.
  2. FOOD INSECURITY AND SNAP PARTICIPATION IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY. (n.d.).
  3. Sweet People Club

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Now you can take your CDCES Exam from Home!

Wow! This is fantastic news. I sit for the CBCDE Exam for the 7th time next year, and I am definitely going to take advantage of this remote feature! ~ Coach Beverly

The Certification Board for Diabetes Care & Education (CBDCE) is now offering the opportunity to take your Certified Diabetes Educator (CDCES) exam remotely!

By the end of this year, you will have the option to take your certification exam using their new Live Remote Online Proctoring (LRP) platform.

LRP is a secure and non-invasive platform that uses professional proctors and technology to monitor candidates live while they complete the Certification Examination for Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (Exam). This method of test delivery allows the candidate to take the exam from their home, office or a remote site, using their own computer. The process is secure, easily accessible, and monitors testing activity and records all aspects of the exam testing session.

Get Familiar with the Requirements

During your exam appointment, you will be connected with a moderator who will guide you through the process and be there throughout your entire exam. You will need to share your screen and broadcast yourself during your entire exam. Your workspace should be quiet, tidy, and free of any study notes/materials.

No electronics, besides the computer you are taking the test on are allowed. However, since there may be math questions, a basic calculator is allowed after clearance by the moderator. A 10-minute break is an option, but no changes to completed test questions are allowed after the break. In addition, the moderator will need to rescan your workspace to make sure it is free of study notes and materials. After you take the exam, you will instantly get a report of your results.

To connect to the LRP platform, you will need a computer with a webcam and microphone. The CBDCE recommends that you run compatibility tests before your exam to ensure your equipment is compatible.

To learn more about LRP, watch the 4-minute video below and read the Guide to Live Remote Online Proctoring (LRP)


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