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Montana Diabetes Education Programs

The Quality Diabetes Education Initiative

Sponsored by the Montana Diabetes Project
Department of Public Health and Human Services
Helena, MT

Coordinator: Marci Butcher, RD, CDE

What is QDEI?

It is a program offering resources to people wanting to improve and maintain their skills regarding diabetes education. It is concerned with both individual educators and the programs in which diabetes education is taught.

  • QDEI can provide resources to assist outpatient settings in developing basic diabetes education programs.
  • QDEI helps increase the skills of individual educators through a self-study and mentoring process tailored to the needs of the educator, clients and setting.

Options available to proceed through the mentoring program:

  1. Option 1: Easy to understand overview of diabetes or easy to understand book focusing on type 1 diabetes
    • American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes
    • Understanding Insulin Dependent Diabetes (Pink Panther Book)
  2. Option 2: Targeted to dietitians
    • American Diabetes Association Guide to Medical Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes
  3. Option 3: A more intensive study of diabetes
    • A Core Curriculum for Diabetes Education (AADE)
  4. Option 4: Preparing for the CDE exam
    • A Core Curriculum for Diabetes Education (AADE)

Steps in the mentoring process:

  1. If you are interested in providing quality education to persons with diabetes, contact the QDEI Coordinator:

Marci Butcher, RD, CDE
Montana Diabetes Project
439 Stendal Road
Lewistown, MT 569457
(406) 535-4797
Fax: (406) 535-4796
Email:  mbutcher@midrivers.com

  1. QDEI will match you with a mentor. It may be the QDEI Coordinator or another CDE, depending on the option chosen and the area in which you live.
  2. Obtain the book that accompanies the option you've chosen. There are books available for loan.
  3. Contact your mentor and make plans on how to proceed.
  4. You and your mentor will need to sign a letter of agreement and return it to the QDEI Coordinator.
  5. Work through the chapters of your book, answer the post-test questions, and discuss the chapter content and any questions with your mentor. (The post-test answers will be sent to the QDEI Coordinator.)
  6. Upon completion of your option, a certificate of achievement will be awarded.