New Diabetes Management Fellowship Recipient to Overcome Barriers to Using Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring in Adolescents and Families

Newswise – CHICAGO – August 9, 2021 – The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists Foundation and the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education are proud to award Kelsey Howard, Ph.D., a one-year scholarship in Integrated Diabetes Management. Howard will develop and test an intervention to help teens and parents address concerns about the use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM).

“We know that using CGM is associated with improved blood sugar results, but many families are concerned about wearing the device and how it works,” Howard said. “I am delighted to be working closely with members of the Ann & Robert H. Diabetes team to create an intervention model that can be used by others to support families.

The project will address various concerns that families may have, such as issues with wearing a CGM, concerns about using CGM, and family communication about CGM. The components include psychological intervention and educational support from a certified specialist in diabetes care and education. Using this model, Howard also hopes to target diabetes-related distress, a common challenge that is growing. when a person feels frustrated, overcome or overwhelmed by their diabetes.

The intervention will also integrate the many disparities that exist in the use of CGM. Young people from racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to be offered diabetes technology and more likely to stop using it. To ensure that the project addresses these challenges, at least 50 percent of participants will come from under-represented communities.

Howard will work under the senior mentorship of Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD, CDCES, an expert in researching psychosocial interventions for youth with diabetes. The project will incorporate feedback from the diabetes team at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where Howard is currently a postdoctoral researcher in psychology.

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About the Association of Specialists in Diabetes Care and Education: ADCES is an interdisciplinary professional organization dedicated to improving prediabetes, diabetes and cardiometabolic care through innovative education, management and support. With more than 12,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and others, ADCES has a vast network of practitioners working to optimize care and reduce complications. ADCES supports an integrated model of care that lowers the cost of care, improves experiences, and helps its members lead so better outcomes follow. Learn more about, or visit us on Facebook or LinkedIn (Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists), Twitter (@ADCESdiabetes) and Instagram (@ADCESdiabetes).

About the Diabetes Care and Education Certification Board: Founded in 1986, the CBDCE is a national, non-profit certification body that administers the Certified Specialist in Diabetes Care and Education (CDCES) designation. Accredited by the National Commission of Certification Agencies, the CDCES title is held by more than 19,900 healthcare professionals in the diabetes care and education community. The mission of CBDCE is to promote comprehensive and ongoing clinical management, education, prevention and support of diabetes by defining, developing, maintaining and protecting the certification and accreditation processes. Learn more about or connect with us on Facebook (Certified Diabetes Educators) or LinkedIn (Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education).

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