Linda Siminerio, PhD, RN, has been named the new chairwoman of the National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the CDC. Siminerio is a professor of medicine and executive director of the Diabetes Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.
More than 29 million Americans about 9% of the U.S. population have diabetes, and 86 million have prediabetes, a condition that places them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to the release. Since 1997, the NDEP has developed public and private partnerships to improve diabetes management and outcomes, promote early diagnosis and help people prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The NDEP plays a unique role in bringing together diverse stakeholders to foster cooperation and collaboration to improve diabetes outcomes, Siminerio said in the release. Im thrilled to have the opportunity to advance the NDEPs work to create awareness, educate and provide support and behavioral strategies to improve care for the prevention and management of diabetes.Linda Siminerio, RN
As chairwoman of the NDEP, Siminerio will direct the program in its efforts to facilitate the adoption of proven approaches to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and its complications. Siminerios more than 40 years of nursing and diabetes-related experience include acting as an advocate for diabetes care and education and academic work on diabetes that focused on translational research and quality improvement, self-management, community interventions and overcoming barriers to care in underserved populations.
In addition to her work at the University of Pittsburgh, Siminerio is chair of the International Diabetes Federations Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems program and former chair of the IDF World Congress. She also is the former president of health and education at the American Diabetes Association and a recipient of the groups Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award.