Katie Doyle

United States

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2003.
YLD member since 2015 (Young Leader).

I enjoy telling stories as a diabetes advocate. I’ve had type 1 diabetes since 2003, and some of my recent projects as a freelance writer and videographer have involved adventuring, travel, and other aspects of life with diabetes. After I reached a point where I could share about my experiences and those of others around the world, I was excited to join the Young Leaders in Diabetes community. Storytelling is what soothes, connects, and inspires us. I'm a guest writer and video producer for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) blog. There, I've written about international diabetes education, traveling with diabetes, relationships between diabetes clinics and patients, what it's like to be a college student with diabetes, and more. One of my articles was published in the March 2015 edition of AADE: In Practice, an industry journal.

My project: I’m developing an American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Documentary project. This project explores how certified diabetes educators (CDEs) and other AADE members can best engage individuals who are managing their diabetes within the U.S. healthcare system. Using interviews with patients and CDEs, the 5-7 minute visual story illuminates the challenges recent immigrants face when arriving in the U.S. and furthers the ability of diabetes educators to provide culturally competent care to a diverse population.