The IDC Certificate Program is a
Game-Changing Approach to Promote Health Equity
The IDC Certificate helps you understand the complex nature of health inequity caused by historical, intergenerational, persistent institutional, and personal trauma.
The IDC Certificate program provides individuals working in diabetes care a way to move out of their work silos and join a community of diverse colleagues who share your commitment to improving health equity.
This 11-month program builds your understanding of inclusive diabetes care from the ground up and layers critical learning from marginalized community advocates impacted by elevated blood sugar.
Why is now the time for Inclusive Diabetes Care?
Your racially diverse and marginalized clients don’t feel that essential sense of belonging if you are ignorant of the historical trauma that they have experienced. No matter how kind and polite you are during your educational session, there will always be a level of disconnection. This is why all healthcare team members need to have a deeper understanding of the Historical, Intergenerational, Persistent Institutional, and Personal trauma present among marginalized communities. The IDC certificate provides the space to practice. It builds knowledge, endurance, agility, stamina, and resources to embody racial literacy and humility, allowing all healthcare team members to stand in solidarity supporting all bodies impacted or at risk of diabetes.
Using blame and shame as a motivator for change is unfortunate because these emotions don’t promote change. What is worse is for your racially diverse and marginalized clients, blame and shame are even more toxic because they continue to dehumanize them. You can’t create an effective counseling rapport without addressing the overt and subtle forms of oppression. The IDC Certificate program helps you humanize the need for ease and affirm the desire to enjoy food, rest, and live in confidence. These are simple freedoms that people with diabetes and elevated blood sugar have been denied. The IDC certificate program is a weight-inclusive, anti-racist effort that guides you in creating programs and interventions that create a felt sense of ease and sustainability for your clients.
We live in a society experiencing personal, community, and environmental trauma daily. Healthcare providers themselves are also experiencing the personal impact of trauma as the pandemic erodes the fragile infrastructure we work in. We need a way to understand the complex role trauma plays in health, especially when managing a chronic illness like diabetes. The IDC Certificate program provides the foundational understanding of trauma-informed care, allowing you and your clients to experience the felt sense of being seen and heard.
Diabetes care is a knowledge-intensive field. Professionals like yourself are looking for more support to deepen their non-judgmental, inclusive communication skills. This support isn’t found in a book or taking another class. It is a complex task that is practiced and requires layers of support. The IDC Certificate program provides small group coaching and discussion over the 11-month program. Participating in the IDC program will give you the opportunity, practice, and feedback to humanize knowledge-driven educational sessions into a patient-centered therapeutic experience.
Preventing Disordered Eating and Coping
How can you prevent, identify, reduce, and effectively treat disordered eating and coping in diabetes care? Coping with life’s daily challenges which are magnified by current and historical trauma needs both individual and community support. The IDC Certificate program helps identify both surfaces and deep support systems within your community. This program unpacks the relationship between self and community and identifies institutional systems of oppression that perpetuate trauma. Helping healthcare professionals understand the historical, intergenerational, persistent institutional, and personal trauma that our clients face paves the way for forming trusting relationships. Together we can create better ways for our clients to be seen and heard and experience a deep sense of belonging, fostering kind/wholesome self-care.
The IDC membership provides self-paced learning and support via our membership. The IDC Certificate is a year-long commitment to engage in live coaching, and peer engagement to deepen your understanding of inclusive diabetes care.