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Dinner Discussion in Everett - Insulin Therapy - Afrezza

Sanofi U.S. cordially invites you to a clinical discussion and Dinner program on the topic:

Diabetes and Insulin Therapy-Afrezza

Presented by: Jennifer Okemah MS RD BC-ADM CDE

Western Washington Medical Group 

At 6:30 PM on 9/22/2015

At Terracotta Red 2820 Hewitt Ave. Everett, WA 98201

Your host for this program will be representative, Jordan L Wicklund. _________________________________________________________________________________________ A reservation is required. To make a reservation, please RSVP to Jordan L Wicklund via e-mail at [email protected] 

dLife Videos on Healthy Eating


The Carb Debate



Eating Out



Working with a Registered Dietitian



Link to: video on Glycemic Index

Reducing Risk dLife Videos

Complications (overview):


Eye Care:

Heart Health: 


Foot Care (doctor's visit):

Foot Care Treatment:


Kidney Disease

Website Reports

My AADE Network: Transitions for the future of WADE

We have some exciting changes headed our way! AADE has found a very innovative way to restructure things as a way to improve member experience. They are calling it “My AADE Network”, and it revolutionizes the way the traditional chapter operates. Some key points:
• There will no longer be a “board” but rather a statewide governing body. This is not a big change for our chapter since we already operate statewide, but will be a big change for some states with multiple chapters throughout, like California.
• There will be an all-new, member-only social networking site where all AADE members can chat. Think similar to Facebook only for members. The challenge just using Facebook is that it is not set up for groups to use, so this will give us the social networking aspect we have been trying to add.
• It will provide a “Web portal” for members, much like a website. Many chapters do not have our great website, so this will be nice for them. We have been assured that we would not have to abandon our site and that individual chapters’ sites will be tied into this web portal. Registration for events (much like we recently purchased from CVent) will also be available through AADE.
• Local networking groups can form within the state so that geographically similar members can meet and plan events, etc, with help of the governing body and AADE. This is akin to how many states have multiple chapters, these will now be called “local networking groups”. The challenge we will have is developing local networking groups vs fostering a natural development of these by current members.
• The labor-intensive administrative work done by individual chapters previously will now be done by AADE such as accounting, bylaws, membership collection, etc. This will be nice to take some of these off our plate, but offers a whole new set of challenges/questions that do not all have exact answers yet.
• The transition is set to take place for all chapters by Spring of 2011.
• We will not be holding elections for president this year as that particular structure may be changing, but a transition team will be put into place comprised of interested current board members and potentially key past board members/stakeholders.
• Questions or concerns about this should be directed to either myself or Cindy Brinn. We hope to set up phone conferences or webinars in the near future to help spread the word.

My AADE Network Web Portal

A new model for enhancing the way we connect and affiliate with one another
On August 2nd My AADE Network will be launched. This feature will allow you to more fully engaged in topics that are meaningful to you. It will provide WADE members with an easy-to-access method of networking, mentoring, coaching and continuing education. My AADE Network will be used to quickly get the word out, to provide timely reminders of events and to build on events by sharing knowledge.
Here is a short list of what My AADE Network will do:
• The News module enables you to post the latest news to share with other WADE members. You can submit a news story for approval, and read news that other users have posted.
• You can subscribe to forum topics. Forums are two-way communication lists, enabling you to ask questions of other WADE members. They are a great way to encourage discussion and communication between members.
• Create and participate in blogs. Use your blog express your views, share best practices, or demonstrate your knowledge on a particular topic.
• Create your own page. You will have the option of customizing the page to add your personal flair. You may add a YouTube video, slideshows, post an article and much more.
You DO need to be an AADE member to have access to the full My AADE Network; however, non-AADE local members will be able to view upcoming events and programs such as the WADE annual conference.


Website Report
Submitted by Ron Kammer RN CDE
  1. Sound files to be added to our website and available for free to members of WADE

    Presentations from the annual conference have received high marks and have been rated as one of the greatest benefits of being a WADE member. For the last several years we have been posting the slides of nearly all of the presentations (still available to members at http://www.wadepage.org/node/60 ). We are now planning to add sound files for the 2010 conference. Many members will find just the sound file itself useful as it is possible upload it to their MP3 player or burn a CD and listen to it while driving. You may even want to download both to your computer open the corresponding slide presentation then play the sound file while you click through the slides!


    Web site activity for 31 days in August

    We had over 900 unique visitors to our website in August 2009. A majority of the visits are just to the home page. Here are the top 10 other pages:

    Job postings www.wadepage.org/node/29 252 visits

  2. Diabetes programs in Washington State www.wadepage.org/node/19 210 visits

  3. In Memoriam (Karen Louise Goldstein ) www.wadepage.org/node/399 169 visits

  4. For professionals menu page www.wadepage.org/node/5 91 hits

  5. Join WADE page www.wadepage.org/node/14 81 visits

  6. Calendar of events about Annual Diabetes Update later this month www.wadepage.org/node/389 74 hits

  7. For the Public menu page www.wadepage.org/node/3 74 visits

  8. Links for professionals www.wadepage.org/node/28 69 hits

  9. WADE annual meeting www.wadepage.org/node/16 69 hits

  10. Contact us page www.wadepage.org/node/4 61 hits


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June 30, 2009 WADE Website report

Submitted by Ron Kammer Webmaster

You may notice that the front page has a different look. The photo background at the top of the page changes with the seasons. The summer photo that is currently up is an eastern Washington farm in early summer (photos from around Washington State will be used). I tried to give the home page a “WADE newsletter look” without giving away all the content of the newsletter.  The postings under “What’s New” will change completely with each newsletter. I have posted a paragraph or two of a few articles from the newsletter with a link to read more. In most cases the “read more link” will go to a member’s only page (some articles may be part of the public pages). Postings are added to home page even after the newsletter is published (currently there is an article about volunteers needed for summer camp).

 The membership directory is now automatically updated every day. There is both a webpage version and a PDF file for printing. See: http://www.wadepage.org/directory/html

 We now have the capability of adding larger files this may include short videos (less than 10 minuets) and sound files (hour or more each). I have embedded seven videos from dLife: http://www.wadepage.org/node/367  Uploading short videos like these is ok and I believe useful for patient teaching (I used these in a group class). I am going to do a test of uploading a sound file and slides from a CME that was done at our hospital recently. When I get this done and posted to the website I will let board members know. If it works we should consider purchasing a digital recorder (about $200) and make sound files as well as slides from the 2010 meeting available to members of WADE.  It may be possible to sync the sound to the slides; I will give it a try. We could also have the slides and the sound files uploaded separately then members could download these to their computer and listen to the sound file and click through the slides (or just down load the sound file to their iPod).

Changes Are Coming To Our Website


Submitted by Ron Kammer RN CDE

In the coming weeks you will notice a number of changes to the site as we work to make it more user-friendly and focused on the specific needs of our members and public users. The site will be presenting a new look and advanced features and functionality. The main driver for the changes to the website is the need to make it a more effective resource for you, our members.
The immediate changes to the site include:
•    An enhanced site presentation and navigation tools as well as a clearer and more logical content flow to make the site more user-friendly
•    A home page that will reflect the WADE newsletter currently published every two months. ‘News items’ on the home page will keep you regularly updated on WADE activities.  We will still have a print friendly version of the newsletter and an archive of back issues.
•    Relocation of the upcoming events calendar to allow members and public users to keep-up-to-date with WADE events.
•    Access for members to slides and handouts of the WADE annual meetings and other events.
•    The ability to upload larger files with plans to add pod casts and videos that you can download to your computer or MP3 players.
•    The Membership Directory will be updated automatically as members join, this directory will be viewable and printable by members only. Members will have the option of opting out of the directory.  The directory will reflect the information exactly as you have entered it when registering.  Please check your information.  For instructions on how to edit the information go to: http://www.wadepage.org/node/26#updateProfile
•    You will also be able to view the expiration date of your WADE membership by logging into the website, then clicking on My Account (under where you are logged in) then scrolling down to the membership information.
The website retains the same address at www.wadepage.org  and WADE Members will enter member’s only pages using the same log-in names and passwords.
These revisions will present our members and public users with a significantly enhanced website which will prove to be a powerful resource tool for all users.
We welcome your feedback!

Membership Report

Membership Report for February 2009

Submitted by Teri Carpentier, membership co-chair

As of February 15, 2009
Membership type  

Active    164    (16 new)
Associate/Newsletter/Corporate    38    (8 new)

Total    202    (24 new)

Membership Survey
The membership committee will be developing a WADE member’s survey for the annual conference to address some topics of interest that the board would like members to provide input. These questions will be compilation from each of the WADE committees.  One topic of particular interest is paying dues for WADE through the AADE website as their dues are paid.  More to come regarding this....

President's Message

President’s Message --- July 2010
Hello everyone,
Thanks to all of you who were able to attend and support the 2010 WADE conference. We had an overwhelming response to this years’ conference, with unexpected record attendance. There were some bright spots (great speakers!) and some challenges (what do you mean we only have one coffee line, Hyatt?!). Going green was painful in some areas but appreciated in most respects overall. I want to thank my committee chair, Mary Janci, and planning committee again (Kathy Magee, Chris Pelto, Randy Elde, Kathy Fitzpatrick, Mindy Nichols, Alison Evert, and Eileen Paul) for their generous time commitment and wonderful contribution to the conference. It takes SUCH hard work to put on an event like this, I really had no idea all that was involved beforehand and could never have pulled this off without their help. The silent auction and raffle was also a success, thanks to the hard work from Chris, Pat Haldi, and Lynn Sadowsky. We managed to raise over $2000 for the Karen Goldstein Memorial Speaker fund, which sponsored the keynote speaker this year, Dr Irl Hirsch.
Another part of this year’s annual conference was introducing the new AADE model to the membership. This is not something that I devised or even fully understand yet, though what I have learned was shared with the membership. The slides and audio are available on the website if you would like to look, but I will give a quick rundown in a following article. To be brief, AADE is transforming the way it interfaces with its chapters, and those chapters who desire continued support under the AADE umbrella must roll with them or take on all the risks alone without benefit of AADE’s non-profit status and other securities they provide. The efforts of all of those who built WADE into what it is today and on whose shoulders the burden for the genesis of this great organizations was carried is not to be minimized, and this change should be seen as continuation of your hard work, though it may be much more personal to you than others. While change can be challenging, I look forward to working with this transition for our AADE chapter in Washington so I can help to keep the tradition that the founders set forth alive: an AADE and WADE partnership effort to advance the field of diabetes education. Let’s continue to all work together towards this goal.
Finally, I must apologize for the later than usual nature of this newsletter. My newsletter chair, Candace Clark, took a break for baby (hope all is well, Candace!) and I have struggled in filling her shoes. She also asked me to drum up support for newsletter articles for future issues at the annual conference, and I did not do a very good job of that either. So, here goes: Please consider submitting articles for future WADE newsletters! There was a drawing this year for member-submitted pieces, and Don Miller received a free registration to this year’s WADE conference for his piece on rural China. Consider writing now to include yourself in next year’s drawing for free registration to the 2011 WADE conference in Walla Walla next April.

Warm Regards, Jennifer Beach

President’s Message --  March 2010
Jennifer Beach, WADE President 2010
Hello, fellow WADE members! I hope that you are settling into the post-holiday routine well, and now with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day behind us, we have officially entered the easier part of the year to follow a reasonable diet. At least until chocolate and marshmallow bunnies make an appearance!   Your WADE board has been hard at work, with our first 2010 board meeting taking place after spending the morning at the Capitol talking with our legislators. I must say that I have NEVER done this before. It was one of those times where I was forced to embrace my fears and move outside my comfort zone. I had the opportunity to find out what my legislative district is, who the representatives and senator are, how to contact and visit with them to present my personal agenda. I am so glad that I did! I found out that it is not so scary or overwhelming, and while I am not ready to throw my hat in any political rings, it opened my eyes a bit more to the process that is our state government. It was certainly more interesting and informative than the sound bites on the evening news or the snippets in the Sunday paper make it seem. We had a great speaker who reinforced the idea that personal notes, letters, and calls can make much more impact than a stack of preprinted postcards when lobbying for a cause. And while I have not always been as good about sending in my letters to support my views, knowing how important it can be makes me more willing to carve time out of my day to give my input. I guess like any great leader finds out, a decision can only be as good as the information and intelligence that it is based on. That being said, while I will not pretend to be a great leader, I would like to be an adequate one for WADE. In trying to make that happen, I posted a survey in the last newsletter. 
Its purpose was to inform members about what the board is working on and to get your input on decisions that need to be made. While I greatly appreciate the 8 people who responded, I think you can do better! Please take a couple of minutes out of your busy day to respond to survey in this

newsletter. AADE has also taken to using surveys in a similar manner, to gain information on how members desire their experience to be. To that end, they are making some changes based on member survey results that will be revealed in coming months. Stay tuned! Or come to the Annual Conference in Bellevue on May 21st and 22nd, we will have lots to discuss by then. I hope you all received your “green” invitation to the conference. There were a few bugs that surfaced with this new mechanism of invitations and registrations, but we are excited by the use of this technology. If you did not receive an email with the invite, you can find a link on the WADE website. Make sure to invite your friends and colleagues to join in the fun. I look forward to seeing you in May!!!



President’s Message December 2009
Pat Haldi

Dearest WADE Members,


William Arthur Ward once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”


This is my last message as your president and I want to express my appreciation to you for this once in a lifetime opportunity.    



Representing WADE has been a privilege and an honor.   I found myself fortunate to work with members of the board who mentored and helped me learn my role and responsibilities.  Each one serving with me for the term has been wonderful.  You can be proud of the work they have accomplished.


For example, the annual meeting in Spokane at the Davenport Hotel was a huge success.  Another example is the cutting edge webpage.  Our webpage is often sited as a benchmark for other AADE chapter throughout the country.  There are many resources for members on the webpage such as the Job Listings, Education Tool Box and Loaning Resource Library.  I hope you continue to use the webpage as there will be even more recourses coming in the future as Mp3 files from the 2010 Annual WADE meeting to be held at the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel May 21st and 22nd. 


If you want an exciting experience consider nominating yourself for a position on the board in 2011.  I will be chair of the 2010 nominating committee and will look forward to receiving your nomination if not for yourself then a peer whom you know will welcome the adventure and quality for the position.  You have much to offer and volunteering for service on the board maybe just the place for you to share your gifts and talents as diabetes educator and leader. 


WADE needs visions for the future and visionaries to bring those visions alive. Come on and jump in, the experience is worth it.   Contact me at [email protected] for pre-ordering nomination forms.  


Knowing that we can make a difference in this world is a great motivator. How can we know this and not be involved?     - Susan Jeffers




President's Message October 2009
Pat Haldi, MN, RN, CDE

How was your summer?  The saying, "time flies when we are having fun” is so true.  One highlight of my summer was representing WADE at the AADE Annual Meeting in Atlanta.   I came back revved up and recharged.  It is like getting high on a double cappuccino. If you have not had this great experience, then I encourage you to attend next year's meeting.  The AADE has scholarships for first time attendees.   You will find the application by going to  http://www.diabeteseducator.org/ select Foundation:Grants & Scholarship.
I enjoyed meeting with other chapter presidents and learning what is happening in other parts of the country.  A concern we that all share is the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes.   The numbers of individuals with prediabetes has reached epidemic proportions.  As diabetes educators, we know our services are invaluable to this population as knowledge and implementation of life style changes can either postpone or prevent this disease.  Several sessions at the AADE meeting focused on ways to integrate new ideas and technologies into practice to improve outcomes.  Other sessions presented samples of motivational interviewing techniques that build self-confidence and improve performance of diabetes self-management skills.   
If you have creative teaching tools that you are using in your practice, we hope you will share them.   Submit an abstract to the AADE by November 1, 2009 for the meeting in San Antonio, August 4 -7, 2010.   Of course, you will want to save the dates of May 21-22, 2010 for the WADE Annual Education Meeting at the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel.    The Annual Meeting Committee is already busy planning a great conference.  AADE and WADE meetings are both great opportunities to attend quality education events. You can bet that Bellevue won't be quite as hot and humid as Texas can be in August.   Enjoy the shopping at Bellevue Center!
I am grateful to WADE for the opportunity to attend the meeting this year.  It is an honor to represent the State of Washington.  Thank you!!!!!

President's Message June  2009

Pat Haldi, MN, RN, CDE


The changes in our economy have greatly impacted us all in many ways. Needless to say, the effects have made many individuals, families, business and organizations such as WADE face financial challenges and hardships.
 For WADE, the year started out with the news that pharmaceutical companies have new federal guidelines to follow regarding sponsorships and "give a ways".  If you have attended any programs such as the WADE Annual Conference, you have noticed there were few if any "goodies" given out by vendors.
 As a result of these new guidelines, this year's annual conference committee had many challenges.  Contributions for meals were limited.  We lacked funding for printing costs.  It appears that future profits from the annual conferences will be minimal compared to the past. Previously, profits from annual meetings provided the primary funds for WADE operations throughout the year.  In the future, new methods to fund our organization will need to be developed.  The annual conference may need revision in its format and presentation. 
 Other challenges facing WADE include developing systems to meet the needs of the members.  Innovative ways to improve networking and education need to be researched and implemented.  The web page offers new opportunities in these two areas.  For example, there are plans to offer online CEU programs.  Face Book provides a creative format for networking.   Future plans are for WADE to join Face Book.
 WADE needs new members who are willing & able to bring our organization fresh ideas.  To help meet this need the board responded with a five-year plan that will attract and educate those interested in becoming diabetes educators.  Laura Wintersteen introduced an innovative program at the Annual Member's Business Meeting.  This program was started in California by the state chapters in collaboration with universities.  More information regarding this program will be forthcoming
 I will end with a personal plea.   Do you have ideas for the future of WADE?  Do you want to get involved?  Now is your opportunity to nominate yourself or someone you know as a member of the WADE Board.  Don't miss this opportunity!





President's Message April 2009
Pat Haldi, MN, RN, CDE


Happy “pre-spring”. Yes, somewhere under the filthy snow that lines the streets and sidewalks in Eastern Washington lies the promise of spring. Along with spring, we are looking forward to the annual meeting on April 30, May 1 & 2 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane.
 The annual meeting provides you the opportunity to earn CEUs and to network. It is a time to revisit old friendships and make new ones.
It is also time for members to consider becoming more involved in the organization. Nominations for 2010 board positions are needed for the election this year. Why not consider nominating yourself or someone you know for one of the positions? Drop by the WADE display for information regarding the openings and pick up a nominating form.
This year the annual meeting begins with a free pre-conference workshop and lunch. The workshop gives educators tools to help patients identify why smoking cigarettes can be more harmful when combined with diabetes and pre-diabetes. The workshop will be followed by a wine reception at the Barrister Winery, just a 7-minute walk from the Davenport. An evening of visiting with old friends and making new ones will set the stage for a wonderful program planned for Friday and Saturday.
 The general focus of the conference is on what’s new in diabetes management, research and the effects on our practice as diabetes educators. Friday night’s awards dinner and program will be filled with surprises and stories of the Davenport’s history, followed by music and entertainment. You might want to dress to fit the occasion, as the Marie Antoinette room is quite eloquent. And, don’t forget to sign up the Bloomsday Race on Sunday, May 3rd.
In summary, coming to the annual meeting is one way for you to put your best foot forward and actually “walk/run the talk” of fitness and diabetes prevention.
See you at the Fountain at the Davenport.


MP 3 audio files from the 2008 AADE meeting

The Audio Visual Educational Network (AVEN) is offering over 90 audio files from the 2008 AADE meeting you can purchase all for $299 or indiviual files for $18 to $22 each. You may purchase these files on CDs by going to http://www.aven.com/conf.cfm/cid/1063


WADE has already purchased the complete set (92 presentations).  We can not legally post these files to our website but we can lend them out (about 30 files on each CD or the complete set on one DVD). SEE COMPLETE LIST OF AUDIO FILES

Select one of four options to receive your audio files

Please send me disk 1
Please send me disk 2
Please send me disk 3
Please send me all files on a DVD (your computer must have a DVD drive)

After you make the email request you will receive the CD or DVD in the mail. You then can copy the files to your computer and even transfer them to you MP3 player. After copying the files please return the CD or DVD in the enclosed stamped address envelope – Just like Netflix! (But you get to keep the files forever).