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!
Dr. Polonsky speaks about Engaging the Disengaged: Strategies for Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes at the 5th Annual Diabetes Symposium at St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA.
February 2, 2019
Dr. Polonsky will be presenting to both healthcare professionals and to people with diabetes at the TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) event in Bellevue, WA.
February 9, 2019
BDI’s Case Consultation Group for Mental Health Professionals meets at BDI Headquarters in San Diego, CA. at 10:00 am.
February 20, 2019
Welcome to BDI’s February update!
- On February 2, Dr. Polonsky will be speaking at the 5th Annual Diabetes Symposium at St. Jude Medical Center, in Fullerton, CA. He will be presenting on “Engaging the Disengaged: Strategies for Promoting Behavior Change in Diabetes”. Click here for more information.
- On February 9, Dr. Polonsky will be presenting to both healthcare professionals and to people with diabetes at the TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) event in Bellevue, WA. See: https://tcoyd.org/tcoyd-bellevue-2019/. We hope to see many of you there.
- New publications. BDI staff are proud to be co-authors on two new publications this month from the IntroDia study, which examines physician-patient communication at that sensitive and often difficult moment when a second diabetes medication is introduced. See both articles here and here.
- Medscape video. Dr. Jay Shubrook interviews our own Dr. Polonsky in a two-part series: “What is Diabetes Distress?” and “Managing Diabetes Distress in Primary Care.” To view these videos, you’ll need to first sign up for a free Medscape account.
- Drs. Guzman and Polonsky are continuing to host our monthly case consultation group for mental health professionals here in southern California. The next meeting is set for February 20. If you might like to join us and/or would like further information, please contact us at email@example.com.
- Addressing diabetes burnout! Our colleagues at the Center for Diabetes and Mental Health will be starting a small, time-limited group program to address the emotional challenges of diabetes, focusing on people with type 1 diabetes. The program begins on February 7, and will be held here at the BDI office in San Diego. For further information, see here.
- Finally, don’t forget our awesome new CME video series. The first series of nine web-based video modules for health care professionals, “Critical Psychosocial Issues in Diabetes” are now available, at no cost! We give thanks to the generous support of Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck for making this possible.