The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators announced that Billings Clinic Miles city has renewed the Certified Diabetes Educator status by completing the continuing education renewal option process.

Candidates must meet rigorous requirements to be eligible for certification. Achieving this credential demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. More than 16,600 diabetes educators hold NCBDE certification.

Kristine Kilen has been active in diabetes care and education for nearly 20 years, and has been a CDE for 15 years. Kilen is coordinator of the Diabetes Education Program at Billings Clinic Miles City and works with a team of physicians and nurses to enhance the skills and knowledge of patients with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recognized education program is the second such program she has established in Eastern Montana. Kilen has been a certified pump and sensor trainer for patients with insulin pumps for several years as well. She is considered an expert level resource for diabetes self management education, intensive insulin management and insulin pump therapy in the region.

NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health care professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease. For more information, visit the website at www.ncbde.org or call the national office at 847-228-9795.

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