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Leslie Coates named 2019 Diabetes Educator of the Year

The Montana Diabetes Education Network (MDEN), Montana’s chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), has announced that Leslie Coates, MS, RD, CDE, of KRH Diabetes Education and Prevention has been named the 2019 Diabetes Educator of the Year. Leslie was recognized for her outstanding service to patients as well as the extra work she does with diabetes advocacy. Leslie is passionate about the advancement of diabetes education and has traveled to Washington D.C. to speak with legislators about the importance of diabetes education and program innovation, and to Atlanta to serve on a diabetes prevention task force at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She also volunteers much of her time to the state organization where she has served as the treasurer for the past 10 years.

Leslie is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She joined the KRH diabetes team 17 years ago and has thoroughly enjoyed her time here. “We have a really stellar diabetes prevention program and the best team,” she says. “It’s a small group, but we are mighty! I couldn’t have won this award without them.”

This is the second straight year that a KRH Diabetes Education and Prevention team member has won the Educator of the Year award. Last year, Colleen Karper was named the winner. The program was also recently recognized by the CDC as one of five programs in the United States with the best practices for the telehealth delivery of both diabetes self-management education and the Diabetes Prevention Program. The program connects with patients in Plains, Conrad, Cut Bank, and Chester to provide them with high quality diabetes education/prevention in the comfort of their own home town. To learn more about this award winning program, visit their website at krh.org/krmc/services/diabetes-education-and-prevention.