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. With more than 12,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, ADCES has a vast network of practitioners working to optimize care and reduce complications. ADCES offers an integrated care model that lowers the cost of care, improves experiences and helps its members lead so better outcomes follow. Visit us on Facebook (Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists), Twitter (@ADCESdiabetes) and Instagram (@ADCESdiabetes).

Our Mission

Empower diabetes care and education specialists to expand the horizons of innovative education, management, and support.

Our Vision

Optimal health and quality of life for persons with, affected by, or at risk for diabetes and chronic conditions.

Guiding Principles:  

  • The person with, affected by or at risk for diabetes is at the center of the diabetes care team.
  • We are committed to driving optimal outcomes through the integration of diabetes clinical management, education, prevention and support. We'll accomplish this by: 
    • Leveraging technology driven diabetes care, education and support
    • Integrating cardiometabolic and related conditions
    • Driving the integration of diabetes clinical management, self-management education, prevention and support
    • Advocating for equity to person-centered care
    • Optimizing diabetes care delivery for the quadruple aim
    • Promoting the integration of behavioral health
  • The diabetes care and education specialist is an essential member of the diabetes care team.
  • Evidence is the basis of our science and practice.
  • Quality diabetes prevention and diabetes self-management education and support should be accessible to all individuals.
  • Diabetes self-management education and support must evolve through innovation to reach its greatest impact.

Our Inspiration:

In 2020, we revised the name of the specialty and association to reflect the changing and growing role of our members. This is theirs and our brand story: 

There you are. On the forefront.
Understanding. Preventing. Treating.

There’s a person with diabetes, right beside you.
Empowered. Encouraged. Energized.

And there we are, an evidence-based organization helping you stay on the leading edge. Researching, educating and facilitating a shared purpose and a singular focus, so that together we can foster a person-centered world where thriving is a way of life.

There we are, helping you connect with like-minded leaders, prove your value and create a circle of wellbeing that inspires not just our organization and persons with diabetes, but the future of an entire specialty.

There we are, observing, as individuals who are no longer defined by diabetes but instead by an optimism that says yes, I will live a longer, fuller life than I ever thought possible because you cared enough to lead, so that my best outcomes could follow.


All organizations have bylaws with provide the governance structure and rules for operating.
Download the ADCES Bylaws


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Get Involved with ADCES

Volunteering opens lots of doors for you! You can gain additional leadership opportunities, build your resume, forge friendships or simply give back to the profession. No matter what your interest in volunteering, ADCES is committed to providing you with a meaningful experience.


An overview of ADCES' volunteer leadership and the association's bylaws.


The Fellows designation acknowledges established and accomplished diabetes care and education specialists.

Industry Allies Council


The ADCES Industry Allies Council is a vehicle for key industry partners to support ADCES in a very visible way. This mutually beneficial partnership supports the organizational goals of both ADCES and its industry allies.

Corporate Opportunities

ADCES is the expert in diabetes care and education. Use one of our many services for healthcare professionals and patients, or get involved with our organization by becoming a member the Industry Allies Council (IAC).

ADCES Award Recipients

2020-award-graphic_medium_adces (1) AADE Awards

Each year during the ADCES Annual Conference, we recognize excellence in diabetes care and education and service to the association and the larger diabetes community. ADCES offers a variety of awards to celebrate those individuals who have gone above and beyond. Learn who was recognized this year

Media Center

Read our latest press releases and request an expert to interview. 

ADCES Foundation

The ADCES Foundation allocates funds for research and creates professional development and recognition opportunities for diabetes care and education specialists.

Careers at ADCES

Learn about the benefits of working for ADCES and review current job openings.  
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