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Welcome new and returning DCE Members: 

DCE Chairs 2017 2018

DCE EC 2016 2017

Welcome to the Diabetes Care and Education (DCE) Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We are so glad that you have joined our group of talented members. We appreciate our dedicated retired members who continue to support us.  A very special welcome to new members and students.

Our purpose is to keep you updated on the latest knowledge and tools to optimize the health of people impacted by diabetes. DCE has much to offer because members choose to generously share their knowledge.

Our strategic plan includes translating patient handouts into different languages. The first of these is the culturally competent version in Spanish of Ready, Set, Start Counting with a Moderator's Guide. Partnering with the Chinese Americans in Dietetics and Nutrition (CADN) Member Interest Group (MIG), we look forward to the Mandarin Chinese translation of this handout.

This year, look for three editions of On the Cutting Edge with free continuing education included with membership for each issue. Three issues of NewsFLASH will keep you posted on what is happening in DCE. Patient handouts and recipes are posted at www.DCE.org to download.

By popular demand, DCE will host more webinars this year free to our members. Webinars are archived on our website for one year. Webinars can be ordered on the DCE website through Professional Resources in the Market Place. The cost is free as long as you were a member during the live broadcast.

Keep up with rapidly changing world of technology for diabetes care by checking our DCE website. Use the Electronic Mailing List to tap into our network of experts. Read up on what is new in research or how to become involved in research. Each month DCE will send you an update of what is happening.

At the end of June, DCE leaders will attend the Public Policy Workshop in Washington, DC in an effort to advocate for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2017. A few of us on the hill is not enough. Please join us in this effort by contacting your U.S. lawmakers. We need your assistance to increase member action alert participation.

I hope to meet you at Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®) this year. Please join us for the reception right after the opening session in Chicago McCormick Center on Saturday night. Meet us again on Sunday evening for our DCE Awards/Membership event. Details to follow.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to serve you this year. Your executive committee members and I welcome your thoughts and ideas.  Any suggestions to enhance membership experience and promote the vision of DCE are appreciated


Liz Quintana, EdD, RD, LD, CDE

DCE Chair 2017-2018  

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On the Cutting Edge (OTCE), three issues annually of the peer-reviewed newsletter publication which provides self assessment questionnaires with continuing education credits. Free CPEUs are available in each issue of OTCE.

Newsflash, produced 3 times annually, includes featured columns clinical updates, reviews of books, research publications and web sites.

E-Update, a monthly electronic newsletter to keep our members informed about membership activities, late breaking news, legislative bulletins, volunteer opportunities,  DCE projects and more.  If you are a member and not receiving these, please contact webmaster@dce.org

DCE reproducible patient educational handouts are produced annually and maintained in the DCE publication area of the website. New this year are handouts with the DCE logo through a partnership with NDEP

Free subscriptions to diabetes related magazines which may include Diabetic Cooking and Diabetic Living. (These may be periodically subject to change).

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Electronic Mailing List

Electronic mailing list allows members to exchange opinions and resources in a timely matter enhancing their professional knowledge and experience.


DCE Website Members Only Area

The members only area of this website provides many valuable professional resources including:

  • Current and archived DCE newsletters, both Newsflash and On The Cutting Edge (and associated quiz to obtain free CPEU's)
  • DCE presentations including recorded webinars, slides of DCE presentations at FNCE
  • Important articles of interest
  • Archives of DCE electronics communications.
  • Contact infomation for DCE leaders
  • Information on:
    -Credentials including links and reference
    -MNT outcomes and reimbursement including the current and previous Medicare MNT Provider Newsletter
    -Public policy and legislation with articles and important links
    -The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announcements that may be of particular importance to DCE members.
    -Electronic Mailing List including how to join, manage your account, and access the archives.

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Awards, Grants, Scholarships and Stipends

All awards, with the exception of the DCE Champion Award, are for DCE members only. For more information, application and nomination forms are available in the members only area.

  • Distinguished Service Award

  • DCE Champion Award

  • Legislative Activity Award

  • Publications Award

  • Educator of the Year Award

  • Educational Stipend

  • Speaker Stipend

  • Legislative Stipend

  • FNCE “challenge", student funding to attend FNCE awarded on behalf of DCE through ADAF. 

  • MNT Outcomes Research Award-awarded through ADAF

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Continuing Professional Educational Events, Networking, Webinars & Receptions

  1. FREE webinars for members on hot topics and a link to view it up to a year after the live presentation. Earn free CPEU’s. See the recent topics.
  2. DCE sponsors workshops and educational sessions for members at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition.
  3. DCE also supports educational sessions at American Association of Diabetes Educators, State Dietetic and Diabetes Educator meetings and the American Overseas Dietetic Association Meeting.
  4. DCE provides networking opportunities at member only receptions during FNCE and AADE.
  5. Global access to colleagues via DCE’s electronic mailing list.
  6. DCE e-update and e-blasts are communication tools for DCE members to receive monthly updates on membership activities, late breaking news, legislative bulletins, volunteer opportunities and DCE projects.



Legislative Activity

DCE continues to work with the Academy and other national professional groups to improve reimbursement for diabetes self-management education and medical nutrition therapy. More information and resources


Alliances and Task Force Involvement


  • American Diabetes Association: Advocacy Committee – liaison representative from the Academy
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) – DCE representatives to serve as advisors on the Lifestyle and Nutrition Scientific Committee and Obesity Scientific Committee
  • Appointment to the National Diabetes Education Program (steering committee and various Work Groups)
  • IDF: International Diabetes Federation
  • Confederation of Diabetes Organizations (AADE, ADbA, ADA, NCBDE, CDC, NDIC, NDEP)
  • Enhancement and Promotion of the Academy's Strategic Initiatives and Campaigns DCE Strategic Priorities
  • Many of the aforementioned products, services, activities, and events support the Academy's Strategic Initiatives

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