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Event Profile

Transforming Diabetes Care & Education In A New World

April 29 — May 1, 2021

Location: Oregon Coordinating Body


A joint virtual conference between the Washington and Oregon Coordinating Bodies of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES). This activity is designed for health care professionals practicing in diabetes management including RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Physicians.

Our goal is to provide evidence-based information to improve knowledge and skill in areas where diabetes care is transforming. Topics include technology, pharmaceuticals, behavioral and emotional health, nutrition trends, social determinants of health, and person-centered care. Engaging session features include live Q&A, case studies, and breakout sessions. Reference the Agenda, Speakers, and other tabs for more details.

15 CEU Approved whether attendance is live, on-demand, or combination.

In support of improving patient care, the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

For successful completion, participants are required to attend each full day, and complete and submit the program evaluation at the conclusion of each day. Your Statement of Credit will be issued upon submission of the evaluation form. You will receive 3 statements if attending the full 3-day event. You may receive only 1 or 2 days of statement credit if only attending certain days. Pharmacists must provide their date of birth (MMDD) and NABP ePID to receive credit. 

Thursday 4/29
11:00 – Noon    
Exhibitors Open + Get Acquainted with the Platform

Noon – 12:15     
Welcome by ADCES Oregon & Washington State Chairs

12:15 – 1:15       
“Insulin Pump and Sensor Update and Practice Integration” with Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDCES, CSSD, CPT, FADCES

1:30 – 2:30        
“Meeting People with Diabetes Where They Are: Lessons Learned in the Home Environment” with Josh Neumiller, PharmD, CDCES and the national 2021 DCES of the Year

2:30 – 3:00         
Exhibitors Open for Afternoon Break

3:00 – 5:00         
“Depressive and Anxiety Disorders in PWD: Strategies for a DCES” with Susan Guzman, PhD

5:00 – 6:00         
Exhibitors Open + Facilitated Networking Opportunities
Practice Areas Networking Zoom Rooms: Pediatrics, Primary Care, Pregnancy & GDM, Technology, Inpatient, and Outpatient
General HangOut Zoom Room
Debrief the Day Zoom Room

Friday 4/30
7:00 – 8:00         
Exhibitors Open – Bring Your Coffee and Breakfast!

8:00 – 8:15         
Welcome by ADCES Oregon & Washington State Chairs

8:15 – 9:15         
“Supplements and Minerals for Managing Diabetes: Which Work and Why” with Jim Painter, PhD, RD

9:30 – 10:30       
“Research Update: Closed Loop and Decision Support for T1D With a Focus on Exercise” with Leah Wilson, MD

10:30 – 11:00    
Exhibitors Open for Morning Break

11:00 – 12:00    
“Structural Inequities and Diabetes: Challenges and Solutions” with Monica Peek, MD

12:00 – 1:30       
Exhibitors Open

12:15 – 12:45    
Awards Luncheon – Separate Events for Oregon and Washington to present their 2021 DCES of the Year and Distinguished Service Awards

12:45 – 1:15       
Networking Opportunity with Many Local Networking Group Zoom Rooms
Washington Local Networking Groups to Explore: Greater Seattle, Spokane, and SW Washington
Oregon Local Networking Groups to Explore: The Gorge, Portland, Central Oregon/Bend, Southern Oregon, Eugene, and Salem

1:30 – 2:30         
“Brightspots and Landmines: A Diabetes Toolkit for Meaningful Behavior Change” with Adam Brown

2:45 – 3:45         
“Nutrition for Gestational Diabetes” with Lily Nichols, RDN, CDCES

4:00 – 5:00         
“When Fear of Hypoglycemia is the Problem: What Can the Healthcare Professional Do?” with William Polonsky, PhD, CDCES

5:00 – 6:00         
Exhibitors Open + Facilitated Networking Opportunities
Discipline Networking Zoom Rooms: RNs, RD/RDNs, and Pharmacists – You are welcome to join the discussion of other disciplines than your own.
General HangOut Zoom Room
Debrief the Day Zoom Room

Saturday 5/1
8:30 – 8:45         
Welcome by ADCES Oregon & Washington State Chairs

8:45 – 9:45         
“Low Carb Diets: Just Another Fad or a New Course of Action to Counter the Diabetes Epidemic?” with Jim Painter, PhD, RD

10:00 – 11:00    
“Exploring the Real World of Diabetes Nutrition Therapy – Translating the Evidence into Clinical Practice” with Alison Evert, MS, RDN, CDCES

11:15 – 11:45    
Advocacy Update with Teresa Martin, MS, RDN, CDCES

12:00 - 1:00  
“Plant-Based Culinary Medicine: Make Your Lunch with Ineke & Elaina” with Ineke Ojanen, RDN, CDCES and Elaina Moon, BS, ACE Certified Health Coach

1:00 - 1:45
Lunch and Movement Break

1:45 – 2:45         
“Cultural Humility: The Value of Learning from Our Patients” with Kathaleen Briggs Early, PhD, RDN, CDCES and Lily Gonzalez, MPH

3:00 – 4:00        
“Diabetes Management: It’s Not Just a Numbers Game!” with Joe Solowiejczk, RN, MSW, CDCES

4:00 – 4:15         
Closing by ADCES Oregon & Washington State Chairs

Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDCES, CSSD, CPT, FADCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Dr. Cox has been working with diabetes and technology for over 15 years with specific focus on insulin pumps and sensors. She works in the field from in- and outpatient clinics to ski and summer camps with people with diabetes (especially kids with T1D). Dr. Cox has served on the ADCES board of DANA. She has written multiple webinars and tips sheets for national organizations regarding insulin pumps and sensors.

Joshua J. Neumiller, PharmD, CDCES, FADCES, FASCP - Advisory Board: Novo Nordisk.
Josh Neumiller is Vice-Chair and the Allen I. White Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at Washington State University. Josh is a contributing author for the ADA books Medications for the Treatment of Diabetes and Practical Insulin. Josh is past Editor-in-Chief for the ADA journal Diabetes Spectrum and currently serves on the Editorial Board for the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Josh served as Chairman of the ADA’s Professional Practice Committee from 2018-2019 whose primary responsibility is revising the ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes each year. Josh’s research interests involve the management of diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Josh was awarded with the 2016 Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award and was named the 2021 ADCES Diabetes Educator of the Year for his work in diabetes care and education. 

Susan Guzman, PhD has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Dr. Guzman is Director of Clinical Education and co-Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute. As a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in diabetes, her clinical and research interests include overcoming barriers to management, family issues with diabetes, and promoting attitudes of living well with chronic illness. She co-developed and co-facilitates BDI’s HCP Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. She integrates a viewpoint of acceptance and wellness to help people better utilize their strengths in living life with diabetes. Dr. Guzman received her PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology – San Diego. She specialized in diabetes following the completion of her post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego where she served as the psychological liaison to Scripps Health’s Diabetes Advisory Committee.

Jim Painter, PhD, RD - Consultant: Sun-Maid Growers, DayTwo, American Heart Association Eat Well Task Force, United Sorghum Checkoff Board, Sugarwise, National Dairy Council
Jim Painter earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, has been a registered dietitian since 1980 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at University of Texas, School of Public Health. His current areas of research include reducing risk of heart disease through phyto-nutrient and dietary intervention, mindless eating by changing the dining environment by stealth to control calorie intake. He is a member of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.  Jim has more than 100 peer reviewed publications and presentations to his credit and has authored the textbook, Nutrition You Can Use and his latest book Let’s Eat Mindfully!

Leah Wilson, MD has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Dr. Leah Wilson is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. She is originally from Alaska and attended medical school at the University of Washington. She completed her Internal Medicine residency, Chief residency and Endocrinology fellowship at OHSU. Dr. Wilson is actively engaged in clinical research focused on diabetes technologies for patients with type 1 diabetes including automated insulin delivery systems and smartphone-based decision support applications. She sees patients at OHSU’s Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center and Endocrinology Clinic treating patients with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes as well as general endocrine conditions. She is an Associate Program Director for the Endocrinology Fellowship program. In her spare time, Dr. Wilson enjoys running, cross-country skiing, reading food blogs, cooking, and spending time with her husband, son and Labrador mix.

Monica Peek, MD, MPH has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Dr. Peek is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago where she provides clinical care, teaches and does health services research in the area of health disparities. She received her medical degree and master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, and completed her residency training at Stanford University Hospital. She then worked for the National Health Service Corps for two years at a community health center for the medically underserved in Ohio before relocating to Chicago. Dr. Peek’s main research interest involves patient/provider communication, with an emphasis on shared decision-making (SDM) among racial/ethnic minorities with diabetes. She serves on the boards of several advocacy organizations and is regularly involved in community-based education activities. In addition, she is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts exploring health care disparities in minority populations.

Adam Brown has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Adam served as Senior Editor at diaTribe and Head of Diabetes Technology & Connected Care at Close Concerns through 2019. Adam brings almost 20 years of personal experience living with diabetes to all his work. His acclaimed diaTribe column, Adam's Corner, has brought useful diabetes tips to over 1 million people since 2013. Adam's first book, Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me, was published in May 2017 and received immediate praise for its actionable advice on food, mindset, exercise, and sleep. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, ultimately towards becoming a licensed therapist focused on mental health and chronic disease.

Lily Nichols, RDN, CDCES  - Royalties: Book SalesL Author "Real Food for Pregnancy" and "Real Food for Gestational Diabetes"
Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based  prenatal nutrition. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and critical of dietary guidelines she feels are outdated. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.

Joe Solowiejczk, RN, MSW, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
RN MSW nurse and family therapist for over 40 years, developer of Family Approach to diabetes management and author of a book and several peer reviewed articles in the subject of psychological aspects of diabetes and impact on metabolic control and management behavior, nationally and internationally recognized subject matter expert.

Alison Evert, MS, RDN, CDCES - Advisory Board: Abbott Diabetes Care; Royalties: American Diabetes Association
Alison recently served as a co-chair of the ADA's 2019 Consensus Report: Nutrition Therapy for Adults with Diabetes and Pre-diabetes. She is the Manager of Nutrition and Diabetes Education Programs for the UW Medicine Primary Care with 17 clinics in the Pacific Northwest region. She is teamed with an UW Medicine endocrinologist on a health system-wide diabetes population health initiative to assist primary care providers to improve treatment outcomes, patient empowerment and well-being. Alison was a recipient of one of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2020 Medallion Awards.

Ineke Ojanen, RDN, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Ineke currently works at Yakima Valley Memorial (YVM) in Washington and is a CDC Diabetes Prevention Program facilitator. Since 2016, Ineke has been a Food for Life instructor through YVM’s educational alliance program partnership with Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. She has completed additional training through Food Forward Culinary Experience by the Humane Society of the U.S. and Rouxbe Culinary Rx. She enjoys volunteering her time teaching cooking classes through Healthy Eats Nutrition Services and Culinary Medicine. She serves on the ADCES Washington board as the Awards Committee Chair.

Elaina Moon, BS, ACE Certified Health Coach has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Elaina owns Healthy Eats Nutrition Services, performing health coaching and culinary teaching to individuals and groups including students at Pacific Northwest University, Central Washington University, and patients of multiple physician offices. She is a CDC Diabetes Prevention Program facilitator and holds ACE certification in weight management as well as training through Rouxbe School Plant Rx Culinary Program.

Kathaleen Briggs Early, PhD, RD, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Dr. Early is an associate professor of nutrition at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) in Yakima, WA.  She is responsible for teaching medical students content related to obesity, diabetes, nutrition, and chronic disease prevention and management. She earned a doctorate in nutrition from Washington State University, and worked as a clinical dietitian and diabetes educator for a decade prior to joining PNWU in 2007 as a founding faculty member.  Dr. Early seeks to understand the effects that quality of life and personal factors have on one’s ability to make lifestyle-related behavior change. Her research focuses on adults and youth with overweight, obesity, and/or diabetes in an effort to reduce health-related barriers and improve chronic disease outcomes. She is particularly interested in lifestyle-related health disparities among low-income, rural, and Hispanic/Latino communities. She sees patients at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic, where she provides diabetes care and education, and medical nutrition therapy for this underserved population. Kathy is also a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals including Diabetes Care, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Diabetes Spectrum, and Patient Education and Counseling, and was recently appointed as an Associate Editor for the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. She thoroughly values her professional work teaching, and conducting community-informed research, and in her free time she enjoys a daily Iyengar yoga practice, walking, and spending time with her family and pets.

Lily Gonzalez, MPH has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.
Bertha “Lily” Gonzalez earned her Doctor in Medicine degree from La Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico, in 1994, and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Public Health at Concordia University. Currently, Lily works as a diabetes educator in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing DSMET/S to people from the Yakima Valley’s diverse community including Latinos, Native Americans, and Whites.  Lily has lived the experience as a migrant mother, wife, daughter, and health care receiver and provider. She knows first-hand the cultural and language barriers commonly encountered by Latino migrants. Instigated by the multiple barriers and inequities Latinos face including systemic racism, Lily has developed and hosted radio health talk shows including Bienvenido a la vida, Healthy Communities, and Salud en sus Manos. She helps organize the annual Fiesta de Salud, where local agencies provide health screenings to Latino families. Additionally, she has contributed to the medical Spanish curriculum for Heritage University, and trained bilingual employees of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital to obtain their medical interpreter certification. Lily has been incredibly involved in the Yakima Valley’s COVID response and throughout the pandemic. She has observed the powerful health inequities at play in Latino patients with COVID and diabetes, especially among elders with multiple chronic conditions. Many of these people struggle with vaccine access due to technology barriers and limited understanding of how to register for the vaccine online. When she is not busy working under one of her many “hats”, Lily enjoys spending time with her four amazing children and husband, and the bounty that the Yakima Valley offers.

William Polonsky, PhD, CDCES - Consultant: DexCom, Abbott Diabetes Care, Eli Lilly, Sanofi, Novo Nordisk, Boehringer Ingelheim, Xeris Pharmaceuticals and Insulet.
Dr. Polonsky is President and Co-Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization wholly dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes care and educational specialist, he received the American Diabetes Association’s 2020 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award and the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Richard R. Rubin Award for distinguished contributions to behavioral medicine and psychology.  

It is the policy of the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists to require that anyone who has an opportunity to affect continuing education activity content with products or services from a commercial interest with which s/he has financial relationships, discloses those financial relationship/s with commercial entities to participants.

Conference Planners and Disclosures:

                   Kathy Schwab, MPH, RDN has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                   Breanna Richardson, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CSR, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                   Elizabeth Stephens, MD has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                   Lori Brizee, MS, RD, LD, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                   Tara Moomey, BSN, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                   Jodi Moon, RDN, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                   Deborah Belknap, RN, BSN, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                   Kathleen Thompson, RN, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                   Tina Jones, MS, RD, LD, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                   Kathaleen Briggs Early, PhD, RD, CDCES has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

                  Joshua J. Neumiller, PharmD, CDCES, FADCES, FASCP - Advisory Board: Novo Nordisk. Limited participation in content related to his own session and Dr. Guzman's session regarding behavioral and emotional health in people with diabetes.

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