Q&A with Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD, APRN, CDCES
Director, Community Screening and Clinical Trial Education, JDRF
Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD, APRN, CDCES
What is your presentation about? Children and adolescents with diabetes are realizing improved health outcomes and better quality of life as they adopt diabetes technology. However, the schools where students spend a substantial portion of their day often lack adequate knowledge and sufficient training to support the use of diabetes technology. Clinicians and diabetes care and education specialists can empower students and their families by providing clear and up-to-date school orders and educating school staff. State agencies must update guidance to support the successful utilization of diabetes technology in the school setting.
What makes this topic important in 2022? Children with diabetes spend over half of their waking hours at school. As more children utilize diabetes technology, clinicians, schools, and state agencies must share best practices.
How did you become involved with this area of diabetes research or care?
I became involved in this issue as an ADA advocate after our daughter was excluded from preschool based on her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Since then, I have come to believe that the challenges faced by children with diabetes at school can be mitigated through education, advocacy, persistence, and an army of deeply committed volunteers.