INHS Diabetes Educator Named Washington State Diabetes Educator of the Year
April 24, 2013
Spokane, WA

Debbie Belknap, RN and diabetes educator with INHS Community Wellness, was awarded the Washington State Diabetes Educator of the Year award last week, from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). This award honors a diabetes educator who has made a special contribution to the field through dedication, innovation and sensitivity in patient care.

According to the ADDE, diabetes affects nearly 26 million people, equivalent to 8.3 percent of the population, and an additional 79 million people are considered to have pre-diabetes. The number of Americans with diabetes is projected to double or triple by the year 2050. The AADE began in 1973, to improve diabetes care through education. With over 13,000 professional members including nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the treatment of diabetes patients.

The comprehensive diabetes education offered through INHS Community Wellness is taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians who are certified diabetes educators. Designed for individuals with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, as well as pre-diabetes, services cover such topics as behavior change, blood glucose monitoring, diabetes medications, insulin management, meal planning and physical activity.

For more information on INHS Community Wellness and services offered in the community, visit www.wellness.inhs.org. For more information on the American Association of Diabetes Educators, visit www.diabeteseducator.org.

INHS Community Wellness is a service of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), working to improve the health of the community through screenings, assessments, involvement and education. INHS Community Wellness provides a variety of public and professional health education opportunities and conducts classes and screenings on a wide range of topics including diabetes management, tobacco cessation and weight management. INHS is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of the community and its member organizations Providence Health Care and Empire Health Foundation.  

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