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and Self-Reliance of All Montanans.

September 27, 2012
Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391


DPHHS conference to provide ‘State-of-the-Art’ training in diabetes prevention and care

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is sponsoring the annual fall diabetes conference October 18-19, 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman called ‘New Approaches to Diabetes Treatment, Management and Education’.

The cost to attend is $110 for those who register on or before October 3 and $135 thereafter. Student registration fees are available.

“Diabetes is both treatable and preventable,” said DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell. “We are working very hard in Montana to make citizens aware of the serious health problems associated with this disease.”

The nationally recognized faculty includes Christopher Sorli, MD, FACE of the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT; Robin Edelman, MS, RD, CDE of the Vermont Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Vermont Department of Health in Burlington, VT; Patrick O’Connor, MD, MA, MPH of HealthPartners Research Foundation in Minneapolis, MN; and Diane Reader, RD, CDE of the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet in St. Louis Park, MN. 

Continuing education credits will be available to physicians, pharmacists, dietitians and nurses.

“The goal of this year’s conference is to provide state-of-the-art training for health care professionals in diabetes research, prevention, and care,” said Sarah Brokaw of the DPHHS Montana Diabetes Project. “It aims to promote evidence-based medicine by closing the gap between research and practice.”

Specific topics covered in the sessions include diabetes and obesity research, medications and therapies, team-based care, EMR-based clinical decision support tools, diabetes self-management, the patient centered medical home, and postpartum care after gestational diabetes.

To register for the conference, call Amy Saltzman at the University of Montana School of Extended & Lifelong Learning at (406) 243-4623 or visit http://www.umt.edu/ce/cps/diabetesconference/

For more information, contact Susan Day at (406) 444-6677 or email sday@mt.gov

Page last updated: 08/21/2012