The ADCES Foundation

The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists Foundation provides vital support by allocating funds for research and creating professional development and recognition opportunities for diabetes care and education specialists. The Foundation directly impacts initiatives that advance and expand the horizons of innovative diabetes self-management education, management and support. The ADCES Board of Directors serves as the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

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Mission: To secure and allocate resources to support research and education initiatives that will advance the mission and goals of the ADCES. 

Vision: We catalyze collaboration and investment from diverse stakeholders to promote optimal diabetes prevention, health and wellness.

Featured Programs

Advancing the Science of Diabetes Care and Education Grants

The Foundation supports new programs and services to reach underserved, high-risk populations. Find out how these grants support innovation and give back to the specialty. 

Mentored Fellowship

The Foundation and the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education are proud to offer a mentored fellowship in integrated diabetes management. Learn more about the work of this year's recipient, Michelle Danny Stampley Boakye, PhD, MPH, RN, and past recipients Kelsey Howard, PhD and Julia Blanchette Ph.D., RN, CDCES.


Scholarships advance the professional development of ADCES members and support equitable access opportunities for all diabetes care and education specialists. Find out how you can apply. 

Stories of Impact

Original Research From the Mentored Fellowship 

The Feasibility and Acceptability of a Community-Developed Health Insurance and Financial Toolkit for Emerging Adults With Type 1 Diabetes.
Julia E. Blanchette, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDCES, Nancy A. Allen, PhD, ANP-BC, Michelle L. Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC 
The Science of Diabetes Self-Management and Care. 2022;48(3):174-183.

This study looked at a financial toolkit as an intervention for decreasing health insurance and financial stress barriers in emerging adults with T1DM, a population in critical need but often lacking essential resources to transition to independent diabetes self-management. Results from this study support that the T1 Financial Toolkit is a feasible and acceptable intervention to address these barriers.


From Reaching Out For Better Health Grant Recipients

Delivering Online Cooking and Nutrition Classes: Lessons Learned and Practical Tips

Melanie Barbee MS, RDN, CDCES, DipACLM, used her ADCES Foundation grant to transition her nutrition education to a virtual classroom. Hear her learnings and recommendations:

Identifying Gaps in Your Diabetes Services to Improve Reach and Impact

Dr. Nancy Allen and Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead applied their ADCES Foundation grant towards their research looking at the role of peer facilitators in diabetes self-management services and how they can be leveraged to improve health outcomes in people with diabetes.

Targeting Underserved Populations in Southeastern Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Health used ADCES Foundation funding to expand access to DSMES in an underserved area of southeastern Kentucky with telehealth. Tune in to learn tips and tricks for initiating your own telehealth program.

Innovation Happens Thanks to You

Your support helps us further the innovative work of diabetes care and education specialists in all practice settings. With four ways to give, it has never been easier to rally support for the ADCES Foundation.

1. Donate Directly

Your donation directly impacts initiatives that advance and expand the horizons of innovative diabetes self-management education, management and support. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization which makes your donation fully tax-deductible.  

2. Crowdfund Support

Facebook makes it easy to setup a fundraiser with your friends and colleagues. Birthdays present the perfect opportunity to raise money for the Foundation on your behalf.

3. Support While Shopping

Do you shop on Amazon? Take one minute to sign up for AmazonSmile and the Foundation will receive a percentage of every purchase you make. Make sure to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobille app to maximize your support!

4. Donate At Work

Federal government employees can donate directly through paychecks. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) offers federal employees and retirees the opportunity to support their charity of choice. Enrollment in the program is open from mid-September to January. To make a pledge, visit the CFC donation page and find the ADCES Foundation using code 39093. 

To make a corporate gift to the ADCES Foundation, please contact foundation@adces.org.

Thank You

A special thank you to all who donated to the ADCES Foundation in 2021.

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