VIDEO: Diabetes educators must first listen to families
BALTIMORE — In this video exclusive, Endocrine Today Diabetes in Real Life columnist Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, FAADE, talks with Jeff Hitchcock, president, and Laura Billetdeaux, vice president of education and programs, for Children With Diabetes. Hitchcock founded the organization in 1995 to share experiences of families with young children with type 1 diabetes.
“Families like ours used to have to go to support group meetings at hospitals to meet other families, and that didn’t work for our family,” Hitchcock told Endocrine Today. “We found that the internet was the most incredible medium to allow us to connect.” CWD now hosts an annual conference in Orlando to bring families together.
Top concerns for families affected by diabetes have changed during the past 20 years, Billetdeaux said, from “how do we make it not hurt” to navigating all the resources available today.
Watch the video for more.