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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, October 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

July 9, 2014

"The Need to Distinguish Depression from Diabetes-Related Distresss"
Elizabeth Beverly, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health, Social Medicine, HCOM

"Childhood Trauma: A Major Barrier to Diabetes Self-Care in Adulthood"
Joseph A. Bianco, PhD, Assistant Professor, Social Medicine, Adjunct Professor, School of Communications, HCOM

"Diabetes Alert Dogs: Sniffing out Sugar"
Benjamin R. Oldach, MPH, Medical Student, HCOM

April 9, 2014

"Diabetes Mellitus: Pathophysiology Considerations and Management Strategies 2014"
Nicholas H.E. Mezitis, MD, Associate Professor, Specialty Medicine, HCOM

"Affordable Care Act & The Marketplace: 10 Things Providers Need to Know"
Justin Kendrick, BSS, Certified Marketplace Navigator for Southeast Ohio

"Stress Reduction"
Margie Barba

January 8, 2014

"The Diabetic Patient:  This Side of the Prescription"
Sarah Adkins, PharmD, BCACP, OSU, College of Pharmacy, OU, PharmD Preceptor
Melissa Carlone & Rachel Hipp, PharmD 2014 Candidates

"Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)"
Frank L. Schwartz, MD, FACE, Professor of Endocrinology, JO Watson Chair for Diabetes Research, HCOM

"Motivational InterviewingL A Technique to Motivate Patients Toward Change"
Sharon Graff-Harrison, MS, RD, LD, CDE, Diabetes Educator, The Diabetes Education Program, Novo Nordisk

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