In mid-2015 at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)’s annual conference, Insulet held the first Sex, Insulin, and Rock ‘N’ Roll live forum. No joke!
You may wonder why in the world Insulet would open this Pandora’s box. Pure and simple, Insulet wants to help healthcare providers (HCPs) understand the need to open communication channels with people with diabetes (PWD) to make often difficult conversations just a bit easier. Open communication can help PWD feel more comfortable asking questions and sharing personal information about tough or taboo quality of life topics like the ins and outs of sexual function and enjoyment, body image, dating, alcohol and, yes, the list goes on.
Since the kick-off event in San Diego, these lively, heartfelt and laughter-filled forums have been held at diabetes HCP meetings around the country. The panelists, like the ones you’ll meet here, are PWD. Some are both PWD and HCPs.
In my October Podder Talk™ blog you get a sneak peak of how a few of the Sex, Insulin, Rock ‘N Roll panelists feel their participation has impacted them and their diabetes care, how their participation is making a difference for PWD collectively and how they hope these forums will change how HCP interact with the PWD they care for. Read more ...