National Health Priority Toolkit:


Diabetes is one of four National Health Priorities targeted as part of a national movement for healthier bodies and minds.

The Growing Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes Crisis

According to the CDC, more than 34 million Americans have diabetes and another 88 million have pre-diabetes. The progressive nature of diabetes and its relationship to other serious conditions like cardiovascular disease and kidney disease make it a priority for PAs and other providers. This toolkit offers educational resources and tools to help PAs prevent diabetes in patients who are at risk and manage the condition in those who are already affected.

Online CME

Diabetes is Primary Certificate Program

Diabetes Is Primary (DIP) helps primary care professionals (PCPs) on the front lines of diabetes care master knowledge and strategies to improve patient outcomes. DIP is based on the ADA’s Standards of Care in Diabetes (SOC)—the gold standard in diabetes treatment. These guidelines, updated annually, ensure that patients receive up-to-date, evidence-based care. Participants who complete this course will be prepared to put the latest evidence-based guidelines for diabetes care into practice.

Diabetes Updates: A Comprehensive Update of New Developments in Treatment of T1DM and T2DM

Management of diabetes has become a rapidly changing practice. With the recent advancements of new medications, updates in cardiovascular guidelines, and evolution of diabetes technology, it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest advances, updates, and guidelines. This activity will review key, pertinent literature, and guidelines most applicable to clinical management of diabetes in the outpatient setting. Plus, cover updates in diabetes medications (including cardiovascular and renal guidelines), updates in diabetes technology (including continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps, and wearable insulin delivery patches), and a highlight of key updates to the ADA Standards of Care 2023.

Successful Diabetes Management: A Two-Way Street

With U.S. annual diagnosed diabetes numbers at a staggering 11% of the population and 38% with pre-diabetes, generating a therapeutic alliance supporting lifelong learning and patient empowerment models is essential. This is a two-way street. Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) provide an evidence-based foundation empowering people with diabetes (PWD) to navigate self-management decisions and activities. DSMES is a cost-effective tool proven to improve health behaviors and health outcomes for PWD, yet its use is sub-optimal with less than 5% of Medicare beneficiaries and about 7% of privately insured using it. Why the low utilization? PAs must examine our role in empowering patients’ decision-making as “we are not always there,” to guide them. Learn how DSMES improves clinical time management while improving diabetes outcomes.

Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

Part of a series of activities on Chronic Disease and Nutrition, in this highly interactive, self-directed activity, expert faculty review the latest in nutrition for patients with cardiovascular disease. Topics covered include assessing nutritional health, heart and vascular healthy diets, and collaborating with patients.

Nutrition and Cultural Competence: Embracing Cultural Humility Enduring Evaluation

Part of a series of activities on Chronic Disease and Nutrition, in this highly interactive, self-directed activity, expert faculty review how culture effects nutritional health, including insights on collaborating with patients and case examples for review.

JAAPA CME Post-Test November 2022 | Type 3c: Understanding Pancreatogenic Diabetes

Type 3c diabetes, also known as pancreatogenic diabetes, occurs when primary pancreatic disorders damage the pancreatic islets of Langerhans. Although often misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes, type 3c diabetes is different in cause, clinical presentation, treatment, and prognosis. Patients with type 3c diabetes are more likely to experience complications and death related to hypoglycemic events. This activity reviews the causes and management of type 3c diabetes, which is estimated to affect 5% to 10% of all patients with diabetes.

American Diabetes Association: Making Diabetes Technology Work

Making Diabetes Technology Work continuing education program was developed by world-class leaders in the field of diabetes for health care professionals.

Programs & Events

Pathway to Stop Diabetes – ADA

Pathway to Stop Diabetes supports trailblazing scientists and researchers through funding and valuable resources.

November – National Diabetes Month

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases created these resources to help you recognize National Diabetes Month.

November – Diabetic Eye Disease Month

The National Eye Institute created these resources to help you recognize National Diabetic Eye Disease Month.

EASD 2023: October 2-6, 2023

The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) annual meeting.

WCIRDC 2023: December 7-9, 2023

The World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease’s (WCIRDC) annual conference is dedicated to diabetes, obesity, lipids, cardiovascular-kidney, and liver disease linking basic research to clinical practice.

The International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD): March 6-9, 2024

The purpose of the ATTD meeting is to highlight innovative technologies and treatments in diabetes management. It brings together developers of new technologies with the diabetes professionals and caretakers, researchers, industries, startup companies, investors, reimbursement authorities and regulators, as well as people with diabetes.

AACE Annual Meeting: May 9 – 11, 2024

American Association of Clinical Endocrinology annual meeting.

AAPA Annual Conference: May 18 – 22, 2024

The world’s largest PA (physician associate/physician assistant) and PA student conference and expo.

Heart in Diabetes CME Conference (HiD): June 7 – 9, 2024

The Heart in Diabetes (HiD) conference brings together global clinical leaders in diabetes, obesity, and cardiorenal metabolic diseases together with practicing clinicians to improve the care of patients at a high risk of these comorbidities.

Scientific Sessions: June 21 – 24, 2024

The ADA’s Scientific Sessions is the world’s largest diabetes meeting, convening more than 12,000 leading physicians, scientists, and health care professionals from around the globe.

ADCES Annual Meeting: August 9 – 12, 2024

The Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists annual meeting.

ENDO Annual Conference

The Endocrine Society’s annual conference (ENDO) is the top global meeting on endocrinology research and clinical care.

Practical Ways to Achieve Targets in Diabetes Care (ATDC) Conference

The ATDC Conference has been an integral part of education and case-based study of upcoming and new diabetes technology for over 25 years.

Tools & Resources

AACE Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management Algorithm – 2023 Update

The algorithm provides concise guidance to assist healthcare professionals in clinical decision-making for the management of Type 2 diabetes (T2D).

ADCES Podcast: The Huddle

The Huddle: Conversations with the Diabetes Care Team features perspectives, issues and updates to inform your practice and elevate your role.

American Diabetes Association: Overcoming Therapeutic Inertia

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) created the Overcoming Therapeutic Inertia (OTI) to promote the adoption of evidence-based practices, strategies, programs, and tools that address key barriers in diabetes care, leading to more timely treatment modification and improved outcomes.

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Resources

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is the leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) in the United States. PCORI has curated all of their resources on diabetes to support patients, communities, and clinicians to make informed healthcare choices.

Empathy and Patient Engagement

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this animated 3 minute short, Dr. Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

Diabetes Core

The American Diabetes Association presents this monthly podcast devoted to presenting and discussing the latest clinically relevant articles from ADA’s four scholarly journals: Diabetes, Diabetes Care, Clinical Diabetes, and Diabetes Spectrum. Each episode is approximately 20-25 minutes long and presents 4–6 recently published articles.

ADA Standards of Care in Diabetes – 2023 Abridged for Primary Care Providers

This is an abridged version of the ADA’s current Standards of Care in Diabetes containing the evidence-based recommendations most pertinent to primary care.

Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition

Find resources to help health care providers ensure people living with diabetes have access to diabetes medications and testing supplies needed to stay healthy during an emergency.

Improve the Management of CVD in Patients with Diabetes

Data emerging from CVOTs of glucose lowering drugs are highlighting differences among drugs on cardiovascular disease beyond the effects of glucose lowering. Clinicians will need to change their approach to the management of patients with T2D.

Diabetes is Daunting. Finding a Quality Provider Shouldn’t Be

Diabetes, often complicated by other medical conditions, demands high-quality care and management. PAs play a vital role in care and management for patients with diabetes; nearly 87% of PAs surveyed see patients with this diagnosis.

ADA Standards of Care – 2023

The 2023 Standards of Care in Diabetes includes all of ADA’s current clinical practice recommendations and is intended to provide clinicians, patients, researchers, payers, and others with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care.

Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) Without or With Sensor Integration

The goal of this Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (ADCES) practice paper is to outline the topics that should be covered by diabetes care and education specialists when teaching people with diabetes (PWD) and their families or significant others. It focuses on insulin pump therapy and the importance of maintaining a high level of expertise in this subspecialty of diabetes education if choosing to include pump and sensor training in the individual specialist’s practice.

Diabetes Self-management Education and Support in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

A Consensus Report of the American Diabetes Association, the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of PAs, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Pharmacists Association.

Information for Diabetes Professionals – CDC

Find resources to help you work with people at risk for type 2 diabetes and those who have diabetes, as well as their families, in health care settings, workplaces, and community-based organizations.

Healthy People 2030 Diabetes

Healthy People 2030 is our Nation’s 10-year plan to for addressing our most critical public health priorities and challenges. The diabetes goal is to reduce the burden of diabetes and improve quality of life for all people who have, or are at risk for, diabetes.

Diabetes for Health Professionals – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Find clinical tools, patient education resources, and clinical trial referrals on diabetes prevention and management for health care professionals.

Diabetic Eye Disease Resources

The National Eye Institute has created these resources to assist patients in learning about diabetic eye disease.

Exercise Recommendations for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

This article, published in JAAPA, reviews the guidelines, preparticipation cardiovascular screening recommendations, and considerations for patients with diabetes and comorbidities who are planning to participate in regular exercise regimens.

Diabetes Care for Clients in Behavioral Health Treatment

This advisory, published by SAMHSA, reviews diabetes and how it relates to mental illness, stress, and substance use disorders. It highlights ways to integrate diabetes care into behavioral health treatment, such as screening and intake, staff education, integrated care, and counseling support.

National Diabetes Prevention Program

You can refer your at-risk patients to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program that is proven by research to cut their risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. Participating in this program will encourage weight loss and other healthy changes to your patients’ lifestyles, lowering their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.

Managing Your Diabetes During the Holidays

This article from the CDC provides 5 healthy eating tips to help people living with diabetes navigate the holidays.

Self-Guided Diabetic Eye Disease Module

The National Eye Health Education Program created this self-guided learning module for patients to learn about diabetic eye disease.

Academy of Physician Associates in Cardiology

Enhancing the personal and professional growth of its constituent members and all Physician Associates practicing in the Cardiology specialty through educational opportunities, community involvement, and political representation and advocacy.

American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants

Dedicated to the education, advancement, and placement of PAs in the field of Endocrinology.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE)

A global community of endocrine-focused clinical members, affiliates and partners from every walk of professional life.

Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES)

The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) is an interprofessional membership organization dedicated to improving prediabetes, diabetes and cardiometabolic care through innovative education, management and support.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

The mission of the ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

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