Wow! What a tremendous response to our diabetes recognition scholarships. We received almost 40 applications from health professionals spanning the country who are making amazing differences in their communities.
It is always a very difficult decision for the judges to determine the top applicants. We read each application in careful detail considering the financial need, person-centered language, inclusivity, impact, volunteerism, and readiness to take the CDCES exam. Since there were so many exceptional applicants, we decided to expand our reach and offer a total of FOUR winners this year, two Exemplar Winners and Silver Winners for our DiabetesEd Training Conference in San Diego, October 11-13th.
Please join us in congratulating our four recipients!
As a registered nurse in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in an inner-city ambulatory clinic in Denver, Colorado, Camie Delange case manages individuals with gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes throughout their pregnancy and until 6 weeks postpartum. She provides DSME and reviews blood sugars along with assuring they are receiving the best medical management, plus follows them post-partum providing education on diabetes prevention. In addition, she volunteers her time at local health fairs and at a diabetes summer camp. There are no CDCES’s in this clinic that provides care to an underserved population and Camie is determined to obtain her certification to benefit and make sure her community receives the best diabetes care possible. Congratulations Camie Delange.
Iris McDuffie is our “Making a Difference Exemplar Scholarship” recipient for being an advocate for her community in Florence, SC. As a Registered Dietician, Iris provides care that is sincere, kind, person-centered, and culturally sensitive. Iris is passionate about improving care delivery and using technology to make healthcare and education more accessible. She hosts a nutritional podcast and regular Zoom session to answer nutritional questions, while also utilizing telemedicine in her work and where she volunteers so those who may have difficulty making in-person appointments can receive care. Additionally, she organizes local Health Fairs and creates teaching tools for those she works with. Her dedication to her community and innovation made her a top candidate for this scholarship.
Their contributions to improving diabetes care are outstanding. We are so impressed by their dedication and the good work they are doing in their communities.
To honor and recognize their current work and all of their future contributions, they have been recognized with $300 off the DiabetesEd Training Conference Live in San Diego registration.
This scholarship is available due to the generous contribution of an anonymous colleague, friend, co-instructor, and mentor.
Our donor worked as a Nurse Practitioner and Diabetes Specialist, serving her community, plus mentoring healthcare professionals about diabetes for over 30 years.
With the Flower Diabetes Educator Scholarship, she wants to keep investing in the health of our future by supporting future diabetes educators.
Her vision is to increase diversity in the diabetes education workforce by supporting diabetes nurse educators who come from underserved communities. By increasing the number of diabetes educators who represent the population demographics of those living with diabetes, we can make more meaningful connections on an individual and community level while promoting the best care.
The Flower Scholarship is a tribute to our donor’s last name, which translates to flower. The flower is a perfect symbol for this scholarship that aims to support the growth of novice diabetes educators into Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.
Flowers are a symbol of hope and can be found growing in the most unexpected places, including harsh cities and forgotten spaces. With just a little sunlight and water, they have the ability to thrive in even the most difficult situations and shine their fierce beauty. Given a chance, as these flowers are tended to and nurtured, they grow stronger and brighter, spreading their beauty to new places to give people hope. These resilient flowering seeds perpetuate the opportunity for a future generation of diabetes specialists.
The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the diabetes certification exams. CBDCE & ADCES does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the certification exams, except for those published by CBDCE & ADCES.
**To satisfy the requirement for renewal of certification by continuing education for the Certification Board for Diabetes Care & Education (CBDCE), continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes and approved by a provider on the CBDCE List of Recognized Providers (www.ncbde.org). CBDCE does not approve continuing education. Diabetes Education Services is accredited/approved by the Commission of Dietetic Registration which is on the list of CBDCE Recognized Providers.