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Name Location Date Posted Medical Condition
Stevens, Christine Exercise Physiologist, RN
Great educational tool
The Conversation Map is a great educational tool that helps patients to share their stories about diabetes.
Massachusetts September 10th, 2010 Diabetes
Fremin, Jodi Diabetic Educator/R.N.
Participants love the Conversation Map tools!
Yesterday both myself and Shara Theriot, R.D., L.D.N. used the maps to summarize all of the information that was shared for our Diabetic class. The participants LOVED using them because I feel that it is such a ice breaker for the patients to both discuss and share what they are going through being diabetic. I am so appreciative that the Conversation Maps are available to Diabetic Educators. Thank you Merck and ADA.
Louisiana July 9th, 2010 Diabetes
Steele, Liz BSN
Conversation Map tools are a great way for participants to share their feelings.
The conversation maps are a great conduit for participants to openly share their feelings. We will continue to use them!
North Carolina June 30th, 2010 Diabetes
Becerra, Dolores Community Health Worker
It was a good experience.
It took me awhile after attending the conference...utilizing MAPS. Because to me it was more of an orientation as that of a training session. But have done Diabetes/other health classes, I decided to start and give it a try. Well, I'm glad that I did because it was a good experience for me and my 5 participants...left like we truly learned from each other. Some were knowledgeable while other weren't, so there was a balance. And, didn't have to use the spanish version because session was done in bilingual, here again a balance. It was fun, interactive and educational. Please note that I presented MAPS in three parts...because I didn't want to cut short the interest of the group. They returned again! I did two of the MAPS. Also used the flip chart. Currently, I'm giving other classes, but I'll again in June or July. I usally give classes on Thursdays for an hour or two.
Texas May 24th, 2010 Diabetes
O'Neil, Frances R.D.
Energizing camaraderie
I recently facilitated groups in mini Conversation Map sessions at the ADA Expo in Long Beach. People of all ages and walks of life joined these groups. It was remarkable to watch people who were complete strangers connect almost instantly as they shared their responses and stories. The camaraderie that developed amongst the groups was energizing. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience myself and feel confident that those who participated did as well.
California May 17th, 2010 Diabetes
Stacy, Amy Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator
The visuals are fantastic and participants remember what they've learned.
I have greatly appreciated all the Conversation Map curriculum! I am on my fourth Conversation Map program at our facility and I absolutely love the teaching materials because they draw my participants into the discussion. The visuals are fantastic and participants remember what they've learned because they identify the diabetes information with the pictures on the map. I am thrilled with the new materials entitled "Conversation Starter Tools". They are so colorful and engaging for the participants. A great supplement to an already fabulous and effective diabetes teaching program. Thank you so much!
New York May 13th, 2010 Diabetes
Chabert, Elaina MPH, LDN, RD, CDE
The Maps help to get patients involved in the learning process
Map 1 "On the Road to Managing Your Diabetes" is a wonderful tool for helping patients who are newly diagnose with diabetes. It helps to discuss the "Myths" about diabetes up front. I had a patient in my support group where I used this map who was just diagnosed with diabetes. Her doctor told her to stop eating bread, rice and potatoes and start eating high protein meats to get her blood sugar better controlled. She was very angry about this fact and stated so several times in the class. As we were using the Myths or Facts cards and eating low carbohydrate and high protein (like Atkins) card came up, she yelled FACT! But the others in the class yelled MYTH. She was so surprised to find out that this is a myth. After discussing the facts about carbohydrates with me and others in the group, she was so happy to find out that she didn't have to exclude all carbohydrates from her diet. She became my star patient in that class wanting to share with others the FACTS about carbohydrates. These maps really make the teaching part of my job a lot more fun and exciting and it helps to get the patients involved in the learning process.
Louisiana May 7th, 2010 Diabetes
Ahana, Janice MS, RD
Encourages interactions and camaraderie among the group
I started a Diabetes Support Group at my church and introduced the Conversation Map tools. It encourages interactions and camaraderie among the group. One member was able to share how depressed he felt when he was diagnosed. This has changed the way I counsel my clients. I now want to know what they are feeling before I talk about diet and lifestyle changes.
California April 21st, 2010 Diabetes
Nieraeth, Mary Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator
The Maps are a fun and informal way to teach and engage individuals.
The Maps are a fun and informal way to teach and engage individuals with diabetes in important topics related to the management of diabetes.
California April 20th, 2010 Diabetes
Lorenzo, Lenora DNPc, Family Nurse Practitioner, ADM, CDE
This is the best interactive education program
Aloha From Hawaii, I have been actively using the Conversation Map program for 3 years at the Hawaii Veterans Admin. Now we are expanding our program to the neighbor islands, Guam and American Samoa via telehealth! I have been a CDE for 13 years and have a passion for health promotion and prevention for all persons with diabetes or prediabetes. This is the best interactive educational program I have found. We also use it in our support groups! A Hui Hou, Lenora
Hawaii April 14th, 2010 Diabetes