American Diabetes Wholesale, a discount provider of diabetic supplies to individuals without insurance, announced its second annual “Diabetes Educator of the Year Award” contest at the 2008 American Association of Diabetes Educators International Conference in Washington, D.C. American Diabetes Wholesale created the award to recognize the unsung heroes of the diabetes epidemic and to honor the dedicated healthcare professionals who are committed to helping those living with diabetes.
“Diabetes educators are on the front line of the diabetes epidemic,” says Chris Maguire, Vice President and co-founder of American Diabetes Wholesale. “Our award program is a way for American Diabetes Wholesale to say thank you and to bring attention to the selfless work these individuals are performing every day.”
Any and all diabetes care professionals are eligible to win the contest, including certified diabetes educators, nurses, physicians, and any other healthcare practitioners who are committed to helping patients learn to effectively manage their diabetes.
To nominate a healthcare professional, please visit www.americandiabeteswholesale.com/Contest. Click “Nominate Your Favorite Diabetes Educator” and tell American Diabetes Wholesale’s expert panel of judges in 250 words or less why the nominee should be the 2008 Diabetes Educator of the Year.
CDEs, patients, co-workers, medical personnel, and anyone else familiar with a diabetes educator’s accomplishments may submit an essay. Submissions are due no later than Friday, November 7, 2008.
The winner of the contest will receive a two-night/ three-day stay at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida, round-trip airfare for the winner and a guest, and ground transfers between the airport and the hotel. The winner will also be honored at a special ceremony coordinated by American Diabetes Wholesale and its local diabetes advocate partners.
Last year, American Diabetes Wholesale honored Barbara J. Odom, RN, PHN, M.ED, as the 2007 Diabetes Educator of the Year. In addition to being a U.S. Navy veteran and a registered nurse for 36 years, Barbara became a certified diabetes educator in 1985. Since retiring from the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system in June 2001, she has worked independently and volunteered in the San Diego community and throughout the country, motivated by her love of nursing, teaching, and helping others. She also facilitates a monthly support group in southeast San Diego and presents workshops on diabetes and other health-related topics.