Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award
Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RD, CDE
The Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award has been given to Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RD, CDE. Supported by an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company, this award is presented to a distinguished healthcare professional who has made outstanding educational efforts in the field of diabetes and has demonstrated significant contributions to the understanding of diabetes education. Ms. Nwankwo will give the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Lecture, “Defining Moments,” on Saturday, June 9, 2012.
Currently a diabetes educator and researcher at University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Ms. Nwankwo has been a key contributor in the development and implementation of empowerment-based educational research studies among urban African Americans. Her current work is a randomized, controlled, feasibility trial of church-based diabetes education and peer support. She is known as an excellent educator as well as someone who cares about and inspires study participants.
As a registered dietitian, Ms. Nwankwo specializes in eating disorders, adult weight management, and the nutritional needs of patients throughout the life span, so important in managing and preventing diabetes. Her innovative work benefits health professionals, people with diabetes, and those at risk for diabetes.
Ms. Nwankwo has served in leadership positions with the American Diabetes Association at both the state and national levels, including the National Board and as chair of the Adult Strategies Committee. She is on the advisory board to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases subcommittee on Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases.