The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) announced that Cindy Cunningham, RN, BSN, CDE, Health Educator of the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness achieved Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) status by successfully passing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators. Candidates must meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be able to take the Examination. Achieving certification status demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently, there are over 19,500 diabetes educators nationwide who hold NCBDE certification.

picture of RN showing patient how to use electronic blood pressure monitor
Cunningham is pictured showing a patient how to use his electronic blood pressure monitor.

Cunningham, who joined the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness in 2015 and now sees patients at Bassett Family Practice and Ridgeway Family Health. She possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, prediabetes and diabetes management. Cunningham collaborates with patients and primary care providers within the health centers to address care management and provides patients support for nutrition-related issues, preventive health measures, such as implementing individualized care plans, and chronic disease management. In addition, she also leads several free group workshops throughout the year that are open to the community and are designed to help individuals learn skills to better manage their diabetes day to day.

“Accomplishing Certified Diabetes Educator ® status is an important accomplishment for me.  To qualify for the CDE examination I had to hold a minimum of 1000 hours of diabetes education experience and 15+ hours of Continuing education.  My desire, as a CDE is to offer the highest standards of care for our patients and community,” said Cunningham.

For more information about the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators visit here.

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