Press release

Virginia Valentine, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Named the American Diabetes Association’s® 2019 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award Recipient

May 13, 2019 | Arlington, Virginia

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) will present the 2019 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award to Virginia Valentine, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE. This award recognizes a distinguished health professional who has made outstanding educational efforts in the field of diabetes and has demonstrated significant contributions to the understanding of diabetes education. Ms. Valentine will be recognized with this honor during the ADA’s 79th Scientific Sessions, June 7-11, 2019, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. She will deliver her Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award Lecture titled, “The Most Important Thing We Give to People is Hope—Overcoming Stigma in Diabetes and Obesity,” on Saturday, June 8.

Throughout her career, Ms. Valentine has provided professional education at the state, national and international levels. Currently, she serves as a Diabetes Specialist at Clinica La Esperanza in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she manages a wide variety of diabetes clinical challenges in a primary care center. She holds faculty appointments with the University of New Mexico and serves as clinician faculty for the Endocrinology TeleECHO Clinic (Endo ECHO), which trains and supports primary care providers in rural and underserved communities to improve their knowledge and skill in endocrinology care.

“Congratulations to Ms. Valentine for her exceptional dedication to ensuring diabetes patients receive the care they need, particularly in underserved areas,” said the ADA’s 2019 President of Health Care and Education Gretchen Youssef, MS, RD, CDE. “Thank you for your efforts to ensure people with diabetes have somewhere and someone to turn to for support, especially for many in high-risk, vulnerable populations.”

Ms. Valentine is an Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Fellow, has been recognized with the AADE’s Distinguished Service Award and is a member of the Advanced Practice Advisory Board for the New Mexico Board of Nursing. She has also served on the editorial board for Clinical Diabetes; is currently an editorial board member for the Canadian Journal of Diabetes; and serves on the advisory board for The diaTribe Foundation. In addition to authoring numerous journal articles, Ms. Valentine co-authored Diabetes: The New Type 2 and is a contributor to The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference and The Complete Nurses Guide to Diabetes Care, 3rd Edition, all published by the ADA.

The American Diabetes Association’s 79th Scientific Sessions, the world’s largest scientific meeting focused on diabetes research, prevention and care, will be held June 7-11, 2019, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Nearly 15,000 leading physicians, scientists, health care professionals and industry representatives from around the world are expected to convene at the Scientific Sessions to unveil cutting-edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes. During the five-day meeting, attendees will receive exclusive access to more than 850 presentations and 2,000 original research presentations, participate in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts, and can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CE) credits for educational sessions. The program is grouped into eight thematic areas: Acute and Chronic Complications; Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Education and Exercise; Clinical Diabetes/Therapeutics; Epidemiology/Genetics; Immunology/Transplantation; Insulin Action/Molecular Metabolism; Integrated Physiology/Obesity; and Islet Biology/Insulin Secretion. Gretchen Youssef, MS, RDN, CDE, President of Health Care and Education, will deliver her address, “It’s All about Access!,” on Saturday, June 8, and Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD, FACP, President of Medicine and Science, will deliver his lecture, “Precision Medicine—Addressing the Many Faces of Diabetes,” on Sunday, June 9. Join the Scientific Sessions conversation on social media using #ADA2019.

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, About the American Diabetes Association

Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. Nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).