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Diabetes Institute to host spring summit

Emily Delaney
March 1, 2017

The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University will introduce groundbreaking diabetes data gathered from Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties as well as Wood County, WV at the Diabetes Summit on May 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m in Ohio University’s Baker University Center Ballroom. The data presented will offer insights into the impact diabetes is having on the region, as well as the best practices for diabetes care in a variety of settings.

The concept for the Diabetes Summit came out of a meeting between the Diabetes Institute, Appalachian Regional Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other stakeholders last year. Karie Cook, Director of Grants and Special Projects for the institute, said the agencies encouraged the Diabetes Institute to organize a regional gathering focused on diabetes.

The goal of the summit is to bring partners together to network and identify challenges with diabetes care in the region. Participants will help determine what is working and where there is opportunity for development and growth.

Anyone with an interest in diabetes can register for the event by April 26. The $25 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. Free parking will be offered at Peden Stadium Lot 132. To register and view the full agenda click here.

The Institute is currently working with the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs on a community health needs assessment project.  The Diabetes Summit will serve as a platform to launch this data. The Voinovich School research will look at prevalence rates for the region, using a phone survey.  Additionally, researchers from the School will provide information from focus groups and interviews from people who experience diabetes within the eight county regions. Presentations of these findings will focus on the diabetes prevalence rates in the region, challenges to diabetes care and self-management and how the data can inform the future direction of the Diabetes Institute.

Other presentations will address social determinants of Appalachian health and discuss best practices for diabetes care, among other topics. Speakers represent various academic institutions including Ohio University, Ohio State University, Texas Woman’s University, West Virginia University, and Touro University.

The CDC’s director of the Division of Diabetes Translation, Ann Albright, PhD, BSN, will discuss Type 2 diabetes prevention in Appalachia. Albright is well known for her work in diabetes prevention and in implementing diabetes care guidelines. She has published her work in exercise and nutrition, among other subjects, and held leadership roles in the American Diabetes Association.

Continuing education credit will be offered by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. The College designates this program for a maximum of six credits for continuing education for physicians and nurses.

Sponsors include the Voinovich School, Athens Foundation, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and OhioHealth.