Jenn Clampitt earns CDCES certification
Jenn Clampitt, a Registered Dietitian (RD) on the UAMS CHR Healthy Food Systems team, recently passed the certification exam to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), making her one of only a handful of CDCE-certified RDs in the state of Arkansas and the second CDCES on the UAMS Community Health & Research team.
Jenn joined the CHR team in 2020. She contributes her expertise and knowledge to the Diabetes Self-Management Education program for rural locations across Arkansas and in Arkansas’s Marshallese community, and she works with schools across Northwest Arkansas through the CHEFS program.
“It is wonderful for UAMS to have another qualified CDCES to support CHR’s community-based programs,” said Assistant Director of CHR’s Healthy Food Systems team, Bonnie Faitak. “CDCESs are able to provide the highest level of diabetes education for community members.”
According to DCE.org, a CDCES “is a health professional who has comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, prediabetes, and diabetes management.” In Arkansas, there are currently 123 Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists. Fewer than 10% of registered dietitians have the CDCES credential.
UAMS CHR has a number of programs aimed at diabetes prevention and care. Having Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists on staff allows Community Health and Research to make an even bigger impact through those programs. To learn more, visit nwa.uams.edu/chr.