Survey Results of CDES in New York Released

On March 4, 2010, the New York Health Foundation’s Diabetes Policy Center and The Center for Health Workforce Studies released the results of a survey of CDEs in New York entitled: Certified Diabetes Educators in New York: Findings From a Statewide Market Analysis and Recommendations for Improving Access to Diabetes Self-Management Education Services. The results of the survey can be accessed using the following link: NY survey.

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) will be reviewing the results of the survey in detail in the near future. However, an initial review of the findings supports NCBDE’s beliefs that diabetes education, particularly provided by Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs), is important in supporting individuals’ efforts to successfully manage their diabetes, that qualified health care professionals should be supported in their efforts to pursue certification as diabetes educators, and that those health care professionals who attain the CDE® credential need to be recognized. Though NCBDE has maintained an increasing number of CDEs on an annual basis since it’s inception in 1986, the members of NCBDE’s Board, consisting of CDEs and one public member, understand that this growth is not at a level sufficient to assist the number of individuals who require diabetes education. Therefore, NCBDE has taken several steps over the past few years and currently to address this issue. Significant changes to the application documentation and overall application process were implemented by the NCBDE Board of Directors in 2009 to address on-going concerns about that aspect of the certification process. In addition, computer-based testing, with extended application and examination windows, was also implemented in 2009. Revisions to the professional practice aspects of the eligibility requirements for initial certification were also implemented in 2010. These changes were made to better reflect how individuals were likely accruing experience over time, while ensuring that those applying had significant and current experience in providing diabetes education.

NCBDE’s recent creation of a standing Credentials Committee, with one of its major responsibilities being to review eligibility criteria, is one step that NCBDE has taken to better address, on an consistent and on-going basis, ways to identify health care professionals who would qualify for certification. NCBDE is also pursuing formal assistance in the marketing and public relations arenas through the release of a request for proposal to identify an organization can help NCBDE formulate plans to address in these two vital areas. Over time, it is hoped that, with the implementation of a variety of marketing and public relation efforts, the importance of providing quality diabetes education and recognizing those health care professionals holding the CDE® credential will be seen by all the stakeholders involved in the diabetes education process.