PRESS RELEASE: Student Leaders to Attend AADE19 Meeting with the College Diabetes Network



The College Diabetes Network has selected seven students from its’ NextGen Leadership Program to attend the 2019 American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting. The selected leaders are as follows:

  • Daktota Bramble, MPH candidate, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Kacey Creel, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Wheeler Davis, Appalachian State University
  • Brooke Miller, University of Florida
  • Smartine Ostin, Diabetes Community Care Team, Oregon
  • Kimberly Sauers, Kent State University
  • Belle Wood, Tulsa Community College

CDN’s NextGen Leadership Program is designed to provide a pathway for young adults to feel empowered to become the future of diabetes leaders in our society and represent the young adult voice in the sector. While attending these national events and conferences, selected students attend sessions in breakthrough research, participate in networking receptions with key stakeholders, and are matched with an expert to serve as a mentor throughout the conference. 

This mentorship opportunity is funded by CDN’s partnership with the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting and Conference in Houston, Texas, from August 9-12, 2019, is the premier educational and networking event for diabetes educators. More than 3,300 educators and other healthcare professionals are expected to gather at AADE19.

“CDN is thrilled to be able to provide young adults the opportunity to gain insight into the diabetes education sector, as this career field increasingly needs a younger voice,” says Christina Roth, CEO and Founder of CDN. “We’re so proud of the students who were chosen to represent us at this conference, as they are extremely bright and talented and will one day make great leaders in this career.”

More about the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE):

AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management, and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by, or are at risk for diabetes.

More about the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE):

NCBDE promotes the comprehensive ongoing quality diabetes clinical management, education, prevention and support by defining, developing, maintaining and protecting the certification and credentialing processes for diabetes educators. 

More about The College Diabetes Network (CDN):

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is singularly focused on providing young adults with T1D the peer connections they value, and expert resources they need, to successfully manage the challenging transition to independence at college and beyond.

More about CDN’s NextGen Leadership Program: 

This program provides an opportunity to engage young adults in the diabetes sector and increase their involvement and interest in further pursuing diabetes related fields, as well as provide them the opportunity to further their own professional interests. This program will join a larger movement toward engaging a younger community’s involvement in diabetes medicine and research. By matching these bright and enthusiastic students with passionate and influential mentors, we are helping to strengthen the future workforce in a number of fields related to diabetes.