Heritage College institute to unveil assessment of region’s diabetes needs

Media advisory
May 9, 2017

On Wednesday, May 10, regional health care professionals, policy makers and educators will convene in Athens, Ohio, to look at a groundbreaking new collection of data on diabetes in the region and share best practices for combatting this disease in Appalachia. Media are welcome to attend .

The 2017 Diabetes Summit, sponsored by The Diabetes Institute at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, will present data from a needs assessment conducted in partnership with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, covering Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties in Ohio and Wood County in West Virginia. “Data from this study as well as input from participants in the Summit will help shape the future direction of the Diabetes Institute,” said Institute Executive Director Darlene Berryman, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

In early 2016, the institute was awarded an Ohio University Innovation Strategy planning grant to fund a diabetes needs assessment for the eight-county area, where Type 2 diabetes rates are higher than the national average. Results from the assessment will guide the strategic direction of the Diabetes Institute as well as diabetes prevention, education and health care initiatives in the region. Information shared at the summit will provide insight into the impact diabetes has on our region, the influence Appalachian culture may have on the disease, and current best practices for diabetes care in both clinical and community settings.

The Diabetes Summit takes place 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Ohio University’s Baker University Center Ballroom. Highlights will include:

  • Diabetes Institute Executive Director Berryman will speak on “Painting the Picture of Diabetes in our Region.”

  • Pat Schumacher, M.S., R.D., chief of the program implementation branch division of diabetes translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak on “Making Type 2 Diabetes Prevention a Reality: The National Diabetes Prevention Program.”

  • Eric Stockton, health program manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission, will discuss that agency’s investment in Appalachian diabetes and health.

  • Sharon Denham, R.N., Ph.D., will address social determinants of Appalachian health. Denham is professor emeritus of the Ohio University School of Nursing, and Houston J. & Florence A. Doswell Endowed Chair in Nursing for Teaching Excellence, Texas Woman’s University.

For more information and a complete schedule, click here. If you plan to send a reporter, please let us know by contacting:

Jim Phillips - 740.593.2202 -  phillij2@ohio.edu

The Diabetes Institute is a collaborative group of research scientists, clinicians, educators, health administrators and students with a common interest in diabetes, and a mission to improve the quality of life for those affected by diabetes and related diseases through innovative basic and translational research, progressive clinical care, education and community outreach.