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1.5 CEs | $29.00 or No CEsFree

Women with diabetes are confronted with a variety of issues that require special attention, education, and understanding. This online 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.

Topics include:

  • Three issues that affect women with diabetes
  • The unique attributes of pre-existing diabetes in pregnancy and gestational diabetes
  • Diagnostic criteria and management goals for gestational diabetes
  • Prevention measures to keep mother and baby healthy

Webinar Join Options to view Level 2 Courses

  • Earn 1.5 CEs for $29 | This option includes the video presentation, podcast, practice test, and additional resources. To register for some or all of our Level 2 Courses, click here.
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AccreditationDiabetes 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.

Early Adversity and Strategies to Provide Equitable Care

If we consider why certain groups are at increased risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, cancers and other health issues, we can look back in time to their childhood for answers.

Children who experience more Adverse Childhood Experiences, also referred to as ACEs, are more likely to suffer with chronic health issues as adults.

Research has show that adverse childhood experiences (ACE) do not affect all children equally.

In the United States, those from marginalized identities are much more likely to have experienced early childhood trauma, which can have lasting effects on one’s health.

The more adverse experiences that happen before the age of 18, the more likely adults are likely to express a wide array of chronic health problems including: diabetes, overweight, cancers, hypertension, stroke, heart attack, mental health issues, substance use, and more.

ACEs are a societal issue.

Due to the complex intersections identity, socioeconomic status, and healthcare access, marginalized individuals are much more impacted by ACE.

This puts certain individuals at higher risk of future chronic conditions in adulthood, like diabetes. These inequities are a by-product of social determinants of health and the impact on individuals and communities. As diabetes advocates, we are compelled to reflect on these intersections to improve health outcomes.

The World Health Organization describes the social determinants of health as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources.”

We need to explore and address the social determinants of health to fight for health equity for all people.

This unfair distribution of access and services results in the unfair but avoidable differences in health status seen between different neighborhoods, zip codes, and even states.


Health Equity Defined

Practitioner’s Guide to Advancing Health Equity PDF

Strategies to Improve Health by Strengthening Communities

Achieving equity will take time and is complicated by a long history of institutionalized racism, sexism, and other prejudices. We need to make legislative adjustments that compel corporations, educational systems, health care agencies, and local governments to assure equitable access to services to those who have been historically excluded.

Start with our children. If societies are structured to help children feel safe and protected, they will enter adulthood healthier and more prepared to perpetuate health for future generations. I highly recommend all those involved in diabetes education listen to this groundbreaking video which explores the science between childhood trauma and health: Nadine Burke Harris, MD TED Talk on How Childhood Trauma affects health.

ACE-Aware Training Program: The other obvious place to direct our energy is with our adult clients who are living with prediabetes or diabetes. We know that many of them may be having difficulty making behavior changes and engaging with their health care due to adversity experienced in childhood. Let’s set up or health care facilities to provide Trauma-Informed Care. If you would like to learn more about this topic, I encourage you to get started in this free training worth 2.0 CEs. Becoming ACE-Aware Training Program. I completed this program a few months ago and found it compelling and instructive.

A Practitioner’s Guide to Advancing Health Equity CDC PDF

  • The Practitioner’s Guide to Advancing Health Equity can help public health practitioners reduce disparities in chronic diseases. It provides a collection of health equity considerations for policy, systems, and environmental improvement strategies focused on tobacco-free living, healthy food and beverages, and active living.

Thank you for reading this post and we invite you to send us comments or additional resources to info@diabetesed.net. We read each email and appreciate your contributions.


Equity and Trauma-Informed Care Resources

COVID-19 & Diabetes: Examining the impact of health disparities in a time of crisis(link is external)This live event, posted on the ADA website, was recorded Thursday, April 23. It provides an excellent exploration of health equality vs. health equity with honest and insightful discussions by a panel of experts. As the nation grapples with the COVID 19 health crisis, communities already experiencing social, economic, and health disparities face even more severe challenges combatting this disease. Join us for an information-packed webinar exploring the nexus of COVID-19, diabetes, and health equity.

Daniel E. Dawes, JD, Author, The Political Determinants of Health, and Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Resources

Nadine Burke Harris, MD TED Talk on How Childhood Trauma affects health

Becoming ACE-Aware Training Program

ACE Screening Tool and Resilience Inventory

Posted on www.AcesAware.org A Health Problem and An Opportunity: Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences

Dr. Dayna Long, Director for the Center for Child and Community Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, discusses the pervasiveness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and why screening for ACEs is critical to providing trauma-informed care.

NPR Article – Take the ACE Score and Learn what it does and doesn’t mean

Trauma-Informed Care Fact Sheet


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AccreditationDiabetes 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.

Diabetes Intensive Webinar Series | Starts June 23

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming webinar series. Coach Beverly is offering FREE access to our Level 2 | Standards of Care Intensive Series Live Stream Webinars.

This intensive series is designed to engage students in deciphering and exploring the ADA Standards of Care from top to bottom.

Mastery of the ADA Standards content is critical to ensure certification exam success and to improve clinical outcomes.

Our first course of the Level 2 Series, Microvascular Complications – Preventing Eye Kidney and Nerve Disease, is recorded and ready for viewing. You can watch for FREE or purchase to earn CEs. See information below.

Live Stream Webinar Dates

Download Level 2 Flyer

Join Options to view Live Stream Level 2 Webinars

  • Watch for Free (no CEs): Coach Beverly wants to increase access and opportunities for the DiabetesEd Community to benefit from the valuable information offered in these courses. This option is available for those who want to join the course(s), but don’t need CEs. Click here.
  • Earn CEs | Purchase Courses – This option includes the video presentation, podcast, practice test, and additional resources. To register for some or all of our Level 2 Courses, click here.

Microvascular Complications Intensive 2020 | Ready for Viewing

DiabetesEd Services Online University Courses are an excellent way to study for your exam anytime and anywhere that is convenient. You have immediate access to your courses for 1 year after your purchase date.

This 90-minute course provides you with the need-to-know information regarding the microvascular complications of diabetes. We start with a brief overview of the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations then sum up with prevention strategies and screening guidelines.

Topics include:

  • Eye, kidney and nerve disease
  • Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for diabetes complications
  • Screening guidelines and prevention strategies.

Click here for FREE recorded webinar (no CEs).


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AccreditationDiabetes 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.

Preparing For the CDCES Exam 2020 Free Webinar | June 2, 2020

FREE webinar, June 2, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (PST)

Unsure about changes in 2020?

Coach Beverly offers this FREE webinar to help get you to prepare for the CDCES Exam. All her tips and tricks are meant to ease your mind and reflect the updates to the CDCES content outline.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Implications of new certification name, CDCES for our specialty
  • Exam requirement updates for 2020
  • 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.
  • Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDCES Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test-taking tips!

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.

See our Preparing for CDCES Resource Page >>


Medical Nutrition Therapy + Meal Planning
Recorded & Ready for Viewing!
$69 | 4.0 CEs 

Join Dana Armstrong, RD, CDCES, a trailblazer and thought leader, for a lively and intensive review of the latest in Medical Nutrition Therapy with immediate application to your clinical practice.

Dana combines the newest findings, her clinical experiences, plus the ADA Standards of Care into an action-packed presentation that will inform your practice while preparing for the certification exam.

Webinar Dates

Session 1 – Medical Nutrition Therapy Overview | May 27 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PDT

Session 2 – Meal Planning – How to Eat by the Numbers | May 27 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PDT

All presentations are recorded and available for on-demand viewing.

These sessions are also included in our Virtual Conference.
Click here to enroll in the entire program.


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AccreditationDiabetes 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.

COVID-19 & Diabetes Resource Page | Free Resource Friday

For this week’s Free Resource Friday, we want to share with you our new COVID-19 & Diabetes Resource Page!

Over the past weeks, we have been collecting resources to learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects people living with diabetes.

We have decided to gather all of these resources together into one page to share with you.

This page includes webinars, ADA & ADCES COVID-19 resource hubs, handouts, mental wellness resources, and much more!


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Blood Sugar Rising: America’s Hidden Diabetes Epidemic | Free Resource Friday

PBS is streaming a new documentary, Blood Sugar Rising: America’s Hidden Diabetes Epidemic that follows the diabetes epidemic in the United States.

“It’s time to stop victim-shaming people with diabetes,” said Dan Hurley, scientific journalist, and author.

Through a scientific lens, Blood Sugar Rising, explores the history of diabetes and focuses on the environmental, social, and economical factors of this epidemic.

The documentary centers on the lived experience of people with diabetes, humanizing the impact that diabetes can have on an individual. Through these experiences, we see first-hand how much shame & blame is put on people living with diabetes.

Click here to watch the full video.


Diabetes 2020 – Virtual Conference!
Now with COVID-19 Update
7.5 CEs | $89

The COVID Pandemic is taking a toll on people with diabetes. What is the critical information Diabetes Care and Education Specialists need as we navigate this pandemic? How can take a leadership role in providing sound recommendations while helping to manage the full range of diabetes issues, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular risk reduction?

Coach Beverly has created this four-session virtual course so that participants can delve deep into the topics that are most pressing for diabetes care now and in the future. We will focus on improving population health and then drill down to individual intervention through case studies. We will discuss implementing cardiovascular risk screening and treatment in the clinical setting and more!

All Courses are Recorded and Ready for Viewing in our Online University!

Session 1 – Getting to the Heart of Care – 1.5 CEs 

  • Our role as Diabetes Care and Education Specialists
  • Diabetes and the COVID Pandemic
  • ADA and 2020 Medication Management Algorithm –

Session 2 – Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Strategies – 1.5 CEs

  • ADA and AACE Guidelines for CV Risk Reduction
  • Implement Risk Reduction Strategies
  • Addressing Hypertension, Lipids and Weight – A Case Study Approach

Session 3 – Lower Extremity Assessment and Intervention – 1.5 CEs 

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease vs Vascular Disease
  • Lower extremity assessment techniques
  • Prevention strategies and education

Session 4 – Making meaningful Connections and a Vision for the Future – 1.5 CEs 

  • Adverse Child Experiences – ACE and Impact of Diabetes and other Health Outcomes
  • Improving health- From individuals to populations

All Courses are Recorded and Ready for Viewing in our Online University!


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DIY Cloth Face-Masks | Mindful Monday

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends everyone wears a cloth face-mask when in public.

In addition to washing our hands frequently and maintaining a 6ft. distance from others, cloth masks can help in situations where social distancing is more difficult, such as the grocery store.

Cloth face-masks can easily be made at home with a scarf, bandana, hand towel, or t-shirt, just be sure to wash them frequently. Here are a few tips for making your mask:

Click here to read more.


Diabetes 2020 – Virtual Conference!
Now with COVID-19 Update
7.5 CEs | $89 | Starts April 23

The COVID Pandemic is taking a toll on people with diabetes. What is the critical information Diabetes Care and Education Specialists need as we navigate this pandemic? How can take a leadership role in providing sound recommendations while helping to manage the full range of diabetes issues, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular risk reduction?

Coach Beverly has created this four-session virtual course so that participants can delve deep into the topics that are most pressing for diabetes care now and in the future. We will focus on improving population health and then drill down to individual intervention through case studies. We will discuss implementing cardiovascular risk screening and treatment in the clinical setting and more!

Download the Diabetes 2020 flyer here.

Course Schedule: Each session airs from 8:30 am—10:00 a.m. PST

Session 1 – Getting to the Heart of Care – 1.5 CEs – Airs April 23rd

  • Our role as Diabetes Care and Education Specialists
  • Diabetes and the COVID Pandemic
  • ADA and 2020 Medication Management Algorithm –

Session 2 – Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Strategies – 1.5 CEs – Airs April 24th

  • ADA and AACE Guidelines for CV Risk Reduction
  • Implement Risk Reduction Strategies
  • Addressing Hypertension, Lipids and Weight – A Case Study Approach

Session 3 – Lower Extremity Assessment and Intervention – 1.5 CEs – Airs April 28th

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease vs Vascular Disease
  • Lower extremity assessment techniques
  • Prevention strategies and education

Session 4 – Making meaningful Connections and a Vision for the Future – 1.5 CEs – Airs April 30th

  • Adverse Child Experiences – ACE and Impact of Diabetes and other Health Outcomes
  • Improving health- From individuals to populations

Download the Diabetes 2020 flyer here.


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Nutrition & Self-Care Tips During COVID | Free Resource Friday

Photo courtesy of Valeria’s website.

As many of our daily routines have greatly changed, it’s important we are mindful of our newly developing habits. For this week’s Free Resource Friday, we wanted to share Valeria Mallet’s handout on nutritional and self-care tips to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Valeria Mallett, RD, CDCES is the owner of private practice in Portland, OR. Her practice specializes in diabetes prevention and management, as well as weight management. She believes in evidence-based science, sound reasoning, and creative ideas to help individuals reach their healthcare goals.

In the handout below, Valeria offers tips on how to establish healthier routines during this time.

“There is so much uncertainty on the world right now, and we all need guidance on how to stay well both mentally and physically” – Valeria explains.

That is why she suggests building an eating routine, skipping late-night snacks, and other great tips to follow during this pandemic.

Click here to download the handout.

Thank you, Valeria, we are so grateful that you shared this amazing handout with us!

To learn more, visit Valeria’s website.


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