Health and Family Services Cabinet
Kentucky Diabetes Educator to Lead National Diabetes Organization
A staff member from the Green River District Health Department has been elected to serve as president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).
Deborah Fillman, who has worked in diabetes care for over 20 years and is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, currently works for the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (KDPCP). She was elected president of the AADE recently through a national election. She is the first Kentuckian to serve as president of AADE.
“Through my work in public health, I have been very fortunate to spend a portion of my career as a regional coordinator with the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program,” said Fillman. “It was the KDPCP that early on introduced me to the importance of being involved in professional organizations such as AADE.”
The American Association of Diabetes Educators is an association of more than 11,000 multi-disciplinary health care professionals dedicated to promoting the expertise of the diabetes educator, ensuring the delivery of quality diabetes self-management training to the patient and contributing to the future direction of the profession.
Kentucky has four AADE chapters: Tri State Association of Diabetes Educators; Greater Louisville Association of Diabetes Educators; Kentucky Association of Diabetes Educators; and Diabetes Educators of the Cincinnati Area.
Diabetes educators are health care professionals who focus on helping people with diabetes understand their disease and learn how to adjust their lifestyle and behavior so that they can develop diabetes self-management skills.
Diabetes education is also called diabetes self-management training. It gives people with diabetes the knowledge, skills and tools they need to successfully manage their disease and avoid many of the complications associated with the disease.
“We are honored to have someone like Deborah Fillman as part of our diabetes prevention and control program and she will be a great leader for the American Association of Diabetes Educators,” said William Hacker, M.D., public health commissioner. “Education and disease management are key in helping people living with diabetes improve their quality of life and helping those at risk prevent the onset of diabetes. This is crucial work in our efforts to improve the health status of our state.”
Fillman’s year of presidency for the AADE will start at the end of 2009 or 2010 dependent on a change in bylaws within the organization. She currently serves as the treasurer for the organization.