WHO WE ARE
BDI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in San Diego, California, focuses on addressing the social, emotional, and psychological barriers to living a long and healthy life with diabetes. To better understand and overcome these obstacles, BDI is actively engaged in research examining the psychological aspects of diabetes and evaluating innovative behavioral interventions. In addition, BDI directly offers an array of unique, behaviorally-oriented products and services for: people with type 1 diabetes; people with type 2 diabetes; parents of children and teens with diabetes; spouses and partners of people with diabetes; and interested health care professionals. Products and services include print materials; online courses and modules, face-to-face workshops and seminars, professional training programs, and an online library of resources.
We invite you to explore the resources available to you from BDI. We also welcome your suggestions for additional resources that might be added to our web site. Thank you!
TCOYD’s ONE Conference and Retreat in San Diego, CA.
August 17-19, 2018
BDI’s Case Consultation Group for Mental Health Professionals meets at BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA. at 10:00 am.
August 29, 2018
Welcome to BDI’s August 2018 update!
It will be a relatively quiet month for BDI, but there are a few important events on the calendar:
- On the weekend of August 17 -19, Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) will be hosting their second annual ONE event, an amazing weekend experience here in San Diego for more than 500 people with type 1 diabetes and their loved ones. Dr. Polonsky (BDI President) will be presenting there, and we will hope to see many of you then. There are still a few spaces left; so if you’d like to know more, please visit here.
- Both Dr. Guzman (BDI Director of Clinical Education) and Dr. Polonsky will be representing the BDI team this year at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in Baltimore. On August 18, Dr. Guzman will be presenting “How You Can Change the Language of Diabetes: An Interactive Session”. On August 20, Dr. Polonsky will be delivering a lecture entitled “’I Don’t Need Any of Those Damned Pills’: New Perspectives on Understanding and Addressing Problematic Medication Adherence”. You can learn more about the AADE Conference here.
- On August 29, BDI will host our next, San Diego-wide, case consultation meeting (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information about this program and about our future meetings.
We are also proud to report that BDI staff have co-authored two important new professional publications:
- T1-REDEEM: A randomized controlled trial to reduce diabetes distress among adults with type 1 diabetes. You can see the abstract here.
- Motivation and attitudes toward changing health (MATCH): A new patient-reported measure to inform clinical conversations. You can see the abstract here.
The NIDDK has just published a new video blog, entitled “Engaging the Disengaged Patient”, featuring our own Dr. Polonsky. See it here.
By the time September (and our next Update) rolls around, we will plan to provide more information about BDI’s first-ever video CME series. Final production is all but completed and we hope to launch by September 1. Stay tuned for more details.
And while we are still awaiting news regarding corporate support for our live Fall 2018 CME programs for healthcare professionals here in San Diego, we hope you have heard about Diabetes Turning Points (DTP), an abbreviated one-day version of our San Diego-based program, which we are preparing to take on the road across North America. See the details here. If your facility might be interested in hosting a DTP program, contact us at email@example.com.