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American Association of Diabetes Educators


Founded in 1973, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting the professional expertise of the diabetes educator, ensuring the delivery of quality diabetes self-management training to the patient, and influencing and contributing to the future content and direction of the profession.

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Chicago, Illinois 60603

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The more than 14,000 members of AADE are healthcare professionals who specialize in helping people with diabetes self-manage their disease. They include nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, physicians, social workers, exercise physiologists, and other members of the diabetes care team.


Annual Meeting: A four-day event that draws nearly 4,000 educators, it offers the opportunity to learn from experts in diabetes self-management training, participate in educational sessions, and network with colleagues. The program also includes exhibits of diabetes-related products and services. Core Concepts Course, The Art and Science of Diabetes Education: Designed to complement AADE’s “A Core Curriculum for Diabetes Education,” this course provides an in-depth review of the fundamental concepts that support diabetes self-management training. Online Courses and Webinars: This is an opportunity to earn continuing education credit from home or the office. Courses cover the latest issues in diabetes self-management training and give diabetes educators the opportunity to learn new skills and sharpen existing ones. Awards, Grants, and Scholarships: Awards and grants are given for a variety of projects, including the development of patient education tools and research in diabetes education. Scholarships allow diabetes educators to participate in professional development activities. AADE Education and Research Foundation: Established in 1988, the foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of education and care for persons with diabetes by supporting activities in the areas of continuing education for health professionals, research in diabetes education, and public education about diabetes management.


The Diabetes Educator: A bimonthly journal (online and hard copy) that presents patient education research, lesson plan ideas, management strategies, book reviews, practical columns, and self-study offerings with continuing education credit. AADE e-FYI: A monthly newsletter providing members with relevant AADE news. AADE in Practice: A bi-monthly practice-focused journal offering tools and strategies for the practical application of current research and best practices in diabetes education. The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education, A Desk Reference for Healthcare Professionals, 2nd Edition: A single-volume desk reference guide representing the most comprehensive compilation of diabetes self-management education training information.


Diana Pihos, Communications Director
Tel: 312–601–4864

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Last updated: June 25, 2019