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Diabetes Coalition

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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 February 11, 2015

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, 55 Hospital Drive, Athens Oh 45701,  Classroom 8-10

9:30 – 10:00 am      Registration / Welcome                                             

10:00 - 11:00 am     DOSES: Diabetes Outreach, Support, and Education for Students in College
                                 Presented by: Elizabeth A. Beverly, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, OU-HCOM

11:00 - 12:00 pm     The Microbiome in Diabetes
                                  Presented by: Nicholas H.E. Mezitis, M.D., Clinical Director UMA Diabetes Endocrine Care Center                                                 Associate Professor of Specialty Medicine, OUHCOM

12:00 - 1:00 pm       Lunch (on your own) & Networking

1:00 - 2:00 pm         The Future of Diabetes
                                  Presented by: Babak Baradar-Bokaie, MD, CDEUMA Diabetes Endocrine Care Center

2:00 - 2:15 pm         Q&A / Program Evaluation / Adjournment


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 8, 2014
“Inspire Study Outcomes”

Jay Shubrook, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, HCOM

“The External Signs of Diabetes - It's More Than Skin Deep!”

Dawn Sammons, DO, FAOCD, Associate Clinical Professor, Specialty Medicine OU-HCOM

“Insulin Pumping and the t:slim Insulin Pump”

Sharon Fick, RD, CDE &  PJ Gondringer, Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.

July 9, 2014

"The Need to Distinguish Depression from Diabetes-Related Distress"
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 Interviewing: A Technique to Motivate Patients Toward Change"
Sharon Graff-Harrison, MS, RD, LD, CDE, Diabetes Educator, The Diabetes Education Program, Novo Nordisk