Two significant initiatives are making a big difference for diabetes patients and their health care providers in Canada. With millions of Canadians living with diabetes, there is an urgent need to provide health professionals with the knowledge, skills, and judgment to help their patients effectively manage the disease.
Diabetes educators from First Nations communities have especially benefitted from the support and resources provided by the group. “Many of our First Nation participants are the only diabetes educators in their community” notes Chenard. “The gathering has enabled them to not only enhance their qualifications and knowledge in caring for at-risk populations, but to share what they have learned with their colleagues.”
Another initiative having a significant impact on the care provided to seniors living in long-term care homes in Ontario is the development of the Diabetes 101 DVD. The Seniors Health Research Transfer Network Diabetes Community of Practice, a volunteer working group of diabetes practitioners, created the resource to assist health professionals who work with seniors living with diabetes. Over 3000 copies of the video have been distributed free of charge throughout Ontario, and a new monthly webcast based on the material is being rolled out to across the province this fall to over 200 long-term care homes.
As leader of the virtual study group, Chenard was awarded the Roche Diagnostics Public Service and Education Award at the Canadian Diabetes Association’s annual conference on October 13 2012. The working group that created Diabetes 101 was also recognized at the conference with the Practical Diabetes Resource Award.
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