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!
BDI will host our next case consultation meeting (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in the greater San Diego area and would like further information about this program and about our future meetings.
September 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Dr. Polonsky will be presenting (remotely) at Grand Rounds for the Hershel Woody Williams VA Medical Center (Huntington, WV) on “Understanding and Addressing Problematic Medication Adherence in Diabetes”.
September 16, 2021
September 27-October 1, 2021
BDI will offer its next one-day virtual CME training program, “Addressing Psychosocial Challenges in Type 1 Diabetes”
December 3, 2021
Welcome to BDI’s September 2021 update!
- September 15: BDI hosts the San Diego-wide, monthly case consultation meeting (for mental health professionals working in the field of diabetes). Contact us at email@example.com if you are in the greater San Diego area and would like further information about this program and about our post-September meetings.
- September 16: Dr. Polonsky will be presenting (remotely) at Grand Rounds for the Hershel Woody Williams VA Medical Center (Huntington, WV) on “Understanding and Addressing Problematic Medication Adherence in Diabetes.”
- September 27: At this year’s (once again, all virtual) Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), Dr. Polonsky will be one of the featured speakers at the Insulet-sponsored symposium, Beyond Glycemia: Can Novel Technology Alleviate the Burden of Diabetes?
- September 28: Also at EASD, Dr. Polonsky is the primary author on a poster presentation, “Adherence and persistence in patients with type 2 diabetes initiating once-weekly versus once-daily injectable GLP-1 RAs in US clinical practice (STAY study).”
BDI’s newest CME training program, “Addressing Psychosocial Challenges in Type 1 Diabetes”, has unfortunately been postponed from September 10 till December 3. This one-day virtual program, co-led by Drs. Polonsky and Guzman, is guaranteed to be a fun and informative day. Mark your calendars! Updated registration information will be available shortly.
Research opportunities for people with diabetes:
- Type 2 diabetes. If you live in the greater San Diego area, our friends here at UCSD and TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) are running an exciting new study looking at new medications that can help with A1C and weight loss. If you are at least 40 years old, have an A1C greater than 7%, and have a history of vascular disease (heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery or poor circulation in your legs), check out this opportunity!
- Type 1 diabetes. We know that managing diabetes can be tough and the daily stresses and strains can take a toll. There is a new, innovative online small group program developed to help people feel better and be more successful in managing T1D. BDI is working with our colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco to run and evaluate this new program, called EMBARK. If you would like to learn more about EMBARK and see if you qualify, contact our UCSF colleagues at 855-850-3599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to join BDI on stage?
- We are looking for one brave soul with type 2 diabetes who might like to participate in an upcoming international program for healthcare professionals. If you meet the following criteria—you are currently taking insulin injections, went through a period of time when you were very resistant to starting insulin, and still find that injections are sometimes painful—please contact us ASAP at email@example.com.