Health and Family Services Cabinet
Diabetes Symposium Set for Nov. 19
Timed to correspond with Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day, the Kentucky Statewide Diabetes Symposium is set for Friday, Nov. 19, and is targeting health care workers and others interested in working in a field relative to diabetes prevention and awareness. The event will be at the Marriott Louisville in downtown Louisville, 280 W. Jefferson St., and will feature a variety of speakers.
The symposium is sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (DPH) Diabetes Prevention and Control program, the Kentucky Association of Diabetes Educators, the Kentucky Diabetes Network, the Tri-State Association of Diabetes Educators, the Greater Louisville Association of Diabetes Education and Diabetes Educators of Cincinnati Area in conjunction with World Diabetes Day. It is designed as a workshop for nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other health care professionals involved in the education and management of diabetes.
Those who successfully complete the program will receive continuing education credits. To do so, participants must attend the entire symposium, pay the required fee and complete an evaluation.
“Lowering the rate of diabetes as well as reducing other health risks associated with the disease requires knowledge and public education,” said Linder Leber, coordinator for the state’s diabetes prevention and control program. “By attending our annual symposium, we can continue to learn and develop our services and program devoted to prevention and better management of this disease.”
Featured speakers for the symposium will include Deborah Filman, director, Green River District Health Department, and president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators; Lynn Senecal, director of clinical services of the Animas Corporation; Gordon Guthrie, M.D., endocrinologist, Diabetes, Metabolism and Endocrinology; Vasti Broadstone, M.D., endocrinologist, Joslin Diabetes Center, Floyd Memorial Hospital; and Pamela Stein, professor, University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
According to DPH, diabetes mellitus is one of the most common and serious chronic diseases in the United States. About 20.8 million Americans have diabetes, many of whom do not know they have the disease. Each year, approximately 1.3 million Americans 20 years old or older are diagnosed with diabetes.
DPH estimates that 376,000 adult Kentuckians have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. The Kentucky rate for diagnosed diabetes was the fourth highest in the nation at 11.4 percent of the population, compared to a national median of 8.3 percent.
“Without continued intervention and awareness efforts, the number of diabetes cases will continue to increase,” said DPH Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “We have to act now to raise awareness among the general public, health care providers and those who guide policy decisions to reverse the trends we’re seeing with chronic diseases.”
For more information about the symposium, contact Janice Haile at (270) 686-7747, ext. 3031, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is $50. The event is open to media. No refunds will be available to those who register after Nov. 11.