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A Diabetes-Free Society

Diabetes Coalition

The diabetes coalition meets quarterly to plan activities and provide education credits to its members with the goal of enhancing knowledge of diabetes education, research and best practices.

Our Mission: To provide comprehensive diabetes education, medical care, research and public advocacy for the citizens of southeastern Ohio and West Virginia. Our goal is to reduce cost, premature death and personal suffering that often results from the long-term complications of diabetes mellitus.

History: Established by the Diabetes/Endocrine Center and affiliated faculty from Ohio University, the coalition is a training and continuing education resource for diabetes educators in the region. The coalition includes eleven regional ADA-recognized diabetes education programs and their diabetes educators, dietitians, faculty from various schools and departments at Ohio University, regional school health nurses and public health officials and advocates. Many members of the coalition, including Diabetes Center affiliated staff and faculty, participate in the Ohio Diabetes Alliance, a component of the state-wide Ohio Department of Health’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

The Next Diabetes Coalition Seminar:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 9:30am - 2:45pm
O'Bleness Basement Classrooms, Rooms 8 & 10

Registration is required, if you would like to attend this event please contact Jody Van Bibber, 740-593-2903 or

Recent Coalition Activity:
Regional Diabetes Coalition Seminar

October 9, 2013

"Big Fat Myths About Obesity"
Darlene Berryman, PhD, RD, LD, Executive Director, The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University

"Research 202 - The Logistics of Research"
Cammie Starner, RD, CCRC
Lynn Petrik, BSN, RN, CCRC
Lucy Butcher, DO, PGY4
Jody M. Gerome, DO, FACOOG

"What is Lifestyle Medicine?"
David Drozek, DO, Assistant Progessor of Surgery, OU-HCOM

"Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) - Suppliments in Diabetes"
Shagun Bindlish, MD, Diabetes Fellow, Diabetes Institute

July 10, 2013

"Addressing Patient Adherence Using a Diabetes Numeracy Tool"
Jay Shubrook, DO, FAAFP
Sharon Reynolds, EdD
Dane Shafer Klink, OMS III

"Experience What is Possible: Out of Sight, In Control"
Florence Schermer, RD, LD, CDE
Mary Seidelmann, Diabetes Solutions Specialist, Roche Diagnostics Corp., Diabetes Care

April 10, 2013

"V-Go, the Disposable Insulin Delivery Devise"
Keri McCloskey, Valeritas

"Effect of an Empirically-Bases Physical Activity Intervention of Physical Activity & Childhood Obesity"
Brett Winner, B.S., Graduate Student

"Fake Sugar:  The Good, The Bad, The Unknown"
Amber Healy, D.O., Assistant Professor of Diabetology, OU-HCOM

January 9, 2013

"Today's Picture of Type 2 Diabetes in the Appalachian Region"
Sharon A. Denham, DSN, RN

"Promising Solutions for Preventing Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications"
Sharon A. Denham, DSN, RN

October 10, 2012

"What is Diabetes Numeracy?"
Sharon Reynolds, Ed.D, Associate Director, Edward Stevens Center for the Study of Language and Literacy, Ohio University
Stephanie Zaugg, Pharm.D, DO Candidate OU-HCOM

"Diabetes and 'Other' Medications"
Sarah Adkins, Pharm.D, BCACP; OSU College of Pharmacy