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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Wednesday, October 18 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
The Role of Open-Access Education in Combating Diabetes & Prediabetes

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Diabetes Education For All (DEFA) was established to democratize diabetes education access by providing a comprehensive open-access diabetes portal that includes education and clinical guidance for healthcare professionals, community partners, patients and their caregivers in low income and humanitarian settings.

Diabetes has proven to be an ongoing challenge for people in low-income and humanitarian settings. People with diabetes in low-income / humanitarian settings face significant challenges related to healthcare access, education, nutrition, medication, and even discrimination. Addressing these challenges will require a multi-faceted approach that involves education, workforce capacity building, awareness, and tools to prevent and treat diabetes and its complications with an aim of reducing morbidity and mortality rates.

DEFA understands there is a gap in restoring healthcare education in humanitarian settings and aims to facilitate value-added and emerging diabetes education and tools while streamlining access to learning opportunities in support of the low-income / humanitarian settings served. DEFA believes the right to education should never be denied or limited. DEFA is dedicated to its mission of accelerating the awareness of education and training to promote sustainable diabetes best practices through effective training and distribution of knowledge.

DEFA is committed to building learning networks and advancing its mission by equipping communities of practice with the core competencies needed to manage diabetes. With the collaboration of subject matter experts in diabetes, clinicians, pharmacists and certified diabetes educators, DEFA has developed numerous educational resources targeted towards low-income populations. DEFA primarily provides these comprehensive resources in an open access format which include diabetes education, clinical guidance, and a community of practice to support healthcare providers. The available resources range from free courses to infographics and videos for healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes. DEFA provides interactive maps to locate local housing, health centers and food banks for the houseless populations across the United States.

During times of conflict and natural disasters, healthcare and education are usually the first services interrupted and the most challenging to restore. The overwhelming need to rebuild the damages often includes basic essential requirements, such as food, safe shelter, and water. Humanitarian efforts often tackle the challenge of reimplementing clinical care, providing medications and supplies to those directly affected. DEFA focuses on providing educational materials to support healthcare workers on the ground. Currently, DEFA offers disaster relief resources specific to the crises in Eastern Europe/Ukraine, Turkey/Syria, and general diabetes education relative to clinical guidance during natural disasters.

In conclusion, DEFA's efforts to build learning networks and equip communities of practice with the core competencies needed to manage diabetes are essential in ensuring that education and healthcare access are not denied or limited for those in low-income and humanitarian settings. By providing comprehensive and accessible resources, DEFA is making a significant contribution to improving the health and well-being of people living with diabetes.

Keywords: Open-Access Education, Humanitarian/low-income settings, Disaster response, Diabetes Awareness and Management, Communities of practice

Session outcomes and takeaways: The presentation will delve into the multi-faceted approach required to address the challenges faced by people with diabetes, their care-givers and healthcare professionals in low-income settings, including education, workforce capacity building, awareness, and tools to prevent and treat diabetes and its complications. Participants will learn about various tools and resources that can be leveraged to address these challenges, such as open-access diabetes portals, free courses, infographics, videos, and interactive maps to locate local housing, health centers, and food banks.

Participants will learn about the disaster relief resources and educational materials available to support healthcare workers on the ground during such crises and clinical guidance will be highlighted during such humanitarian crises.

During the session, participants will engage with the DEFA open-access portal by visiting the website through QR codes and browsing up-to-date materials and offerings developed for people living with diabetes, healthcare workers and diabetes educators.

After the session, participants will be knowledgeable on the purpose and messaging of DEFA and become empowered to share their experience with colleagues and educators alike by supporting open-education initiatives in their own communities.


Diabetes Education For All

American Diabetes Association/Harvard Medical School
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Ahmed El-Nazer

Executive Director, Diabetes Education For All (DEFA) Inc.
Ahmed El-Nazer is a seasoned program manager and data architect with over 15 years of experience. He began his professional career working in the financial markets and investing and has spent the last decade working as a program manager helping some of the largest education and healthcare... Read More →

Wednesday October 18, 2023 1:00pm - 1:30pm MDT
Bear (S8/10) Edmonton Convention Centre