Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award
Belinda P. Childs, ARNP, MN, CDE, BC-ADM
Belinda P. Childs, ARNP, MN, CDE, BC-ADM, from Wichita, Kansas received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious 2010 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award. The award was presented at the Association’s 70th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida.
The Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates significant contributions to the understanding of diabetes education, spent many years of effort in the field, and have benefited recipients of education.
As director of clinical services and research at Mid-America Diabetes Associates, Wichita, Kansas, Ms. Childs leads a team of nine certified diabetes educators and other health care professionals while maintaining her own clinical practice with a patient base of 600 children and adults. She encourages physician assistants, doctors, and graduate nurses to obtain additional degrees and certifications to enhance diabetes skills and coordinates their clinical experience in diabetes. At Wichita State University, she co-teaches online diabetes courses and is a preceptor for graduate nursing students.
Ms. Childs started her diabetes career as a coordinator for clinical studies, one of which led to the approval of the Biostator for clinical use, and another that led to the approval of human insulin. While performing graduate work, Ms. Childs wrote one of the first nursing papers on insulin pump patient educational needs.
For over 30 years, Ms. Childs has been active with the American Diabetes Association at the local and national levels, serving on dozens of working groups and committees. She served as President, Health Care & Education (1996–1997), has been the only nurse to chair the Association’s Publications Policy Committee, and is currently on the Community and Volunteer Development Committee. She was editor-in-chief of Diabetes Spectrum (2001–2005) and is on the editorial boards of Diabetes Forecast and AADE in Practice. She is co-editor of The Complete Nurse’s Guide to Diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2009).
Ms. Childs served on the CDC’s Translation Advisory Committee for Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. She is a co-chair of the Policy and Advocacy workgroup of the Kansas Diabetes Action Council and has served on the Kansas Department of Health and Education Diabetes Council since 1986. She has been a diabetes camp nurse for 30 years.