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Endocrine Society diabetes, diversity programs win association honors

ASAE recognizes Society with Gold, two Silver Power of A Awards

The Endocrine Society

Washington, DC--An Endocrine Society-led diabetes initiative's interactive tools earned top honors and two other Society programs won Silver in the ASAE 2015 Power of A Awards, the Society announced today.

The Accurate Insulin Decisions (AID) program, developed by the Endocrine Society and six other health care organizations, won the Power of A Gold Award. AID created a smartphone app and other decision support tools to help people with diabetes and their physicians to set realistic blood sugar goals and easily adjust their insulin dosage.

The AID program is a joint initiative of the Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association and Diabetes Nation. The program is supported by educational grants from Lilly USA, LLC; Novo Nordisk Inc.; and sanofi-aventis U.S.

The Power of A Awards showcase how associations leverage their unique resources to solve problems, advance industry/professional performance, kick-start innovation and improve world conditions. The judging committee selected 30 Gold Award winners and 31 Silver Award winners from among more than 140 entries. The Society was among one of two associations that received three Power of A Awards this year.

ASAE bestowed Power of A Silver Awards on the Society's diabetes policy summit ACA Implementation: Impact on the Patient with Diabetes and its EndoCareers Diversity programs, which promote the participation, visibility and advancement of underrepresented minorities in the endocrinology field.

The EndoCareers Diversity programs seek to enhance cultural diversity in the endocrinology field and offer internship opportunities to students from underrepresented minority groups. The Society's Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) Internship Awards provide training and professional development opportunities for underrepresented minority senior graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical research fellows in hormone health research. The program has accepted 45 participants in its first three years. FLARE is sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (DK096937).

For undergraduate students exploring educational and career opportunities, EndoCareers offers the Minority Access Program (MAP). During the two-year summer internship program, interns train in endocrine research labs and participate in professional development activities. More than 80 students have been accepted into the program and placed in the MAP Research Network. The program is sponsored by the Society and a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (GM095349). Participants gain research experience in laboratories at Baylor College of Medicine; University of California, San Diego; University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; University of Virginia; Emory University; and University of Wisconsin - Madison.

The second Power of A Silver Award went to the Society's diabetes policy summit. Held in September 2014, the event gathered more than 150 medical experts, policymakers and patient advocates together to discuss how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is affecting people with the condition. The event gave opinion leaders an opportunity to explore current challenges to treating and preventing diabetes as well as how the shift in health care policy may affect diabetes care and outcomes in the future. The program was supported by educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. & Lilly USA, LLC; Lilly USA, LLC; Merck & Co., Inc.; Novo Nordisk Inc.; and sanofi-aventis U.S.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.

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Founded in 1916, the Endocrine Society is the world's oldest, largest and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. Today, the Endocrine Society's membership consists of over 18,000 scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. Society members represent all basic, applied and clinical interests in endocrinology. The Endocrine Society is based in Washington, DC. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at http://www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/EndoMedia.

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