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Touro University California faculty member honored as diabetes educator of the year
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VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA (November 14, 2017) – Each year theCalifornia- American Association of Diabetes Educators (CA-AADE) conference provides an opportunity for like-minded medical professionals in the community to share comprehensive information on current and emerging diabetes research and patient trends all while recognizing those dedicating themselves to the resolution of the disease.
At the organization’s annual conference in October, it bestowed the inaugural Kim Higgins Diabetes Educator of the Year award to Touro faculty member Clipper Young, PharmD, MPH, CDE, BC-ADM.
Young, an Assistant Professor at Touro’s Bay-Area campus and clinical pharmacist, receives the first-ever award for his efforts in educating the community and campus in hopes to someday conquer the illness. Inspired by the suffering of his own grandfather throughout his childhood from Type 2 diabetes, Young’s experience encouraged him to work tirelessly to teach patients and their future health care providers the importance of being adherent to medications and to not only manage blood glucose levels, but to also work on preventing the complications led by the disease.
“My journey in diabetes started with walking by my grandfather’s side to the clinic to obtain insulin injections,” says Young. “While I would never realize the dream of serving my own grandfather as a pharmacist and a diabetes educator, I want to be able to help grandfathers around the world with their diabetes. I will forever remember the days with him; my experiences caring for my grandfather have developed into the desire to educate and to motivate others to conquer diabetes as their companion and their advocate.”
Currently more than 29 million Americans have diabetes with 90 percent of those suffering from Type 2. One-third of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes suffer complications by the time they are diagnosed. In California, 55 percent of the population is currently diagnosed as having pre-diabetes or diabetes. The result is a state and a nation desperate for prevention and resolution. Established in 1997, Touro University California has been deeply invested in the local community, providing a variety of outreach activities to serve the residents and address critical health care needs, such as diabetes, all while providing additional learning opportunities for its students.
Leading diabetologist and Touro educator Dr. Jay Shubrook commends Young on receiving the prestigious award. “Dr. Young’s passion in all things diabetes is contagious. He tirelessly works to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes - from making sure they are safe taking their medications, to teaching them about a healthy lifestyle to helping them overcoming psychosocial barriers. He has a truly holistic approach and is a great mentor for the patients and the health professional students at Touro University California.”
Founded in 1973, the American Association of Diabetes Educators is the leading association for diabetes educators. With more than 13,000 members, AADE advocates on behalf of diabetes educators and the patients they serve. The organization also works to ensure the professional growth of its members and promote widespread recognition of the benefits of diabetes education.
CA-AADE is the California State Coordinating Body of The American Association of Diabetes Educators. California has 12 Local Networking Groups where Diabetes Educators and others involved in assisting patients with Diabetes Management gather in their own communities for networking, training, planning events and socializing.
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