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October 2, 2013


Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

DPHHS announces 16th annual Montana Diabetes Conference

Nationally recognized faculty provide 'state-of-the-art' training for healthcare professionals on October 17-18 in Billings

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is sponsoring the 16th annual Diabetes Professional Conference on October 17-18, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza in Billings.  The theme for this year is 'Full Spectrum Diabetes Care'.

Registration is currently open.  The cost to attend is $135.  A discounted registration fee for students is available. 

"Diabetes is a common and serious condition," says DPHHS Director Richard Opper. "Fortunately, it is preventable and controllable with proper care and self-management."

According to Sarah Brokaw of the DPHHS Diabetes Program, the conference is an opportunity for healthcare professionals to learn effective ways to improve care for their patients. "Topics will encompass a broad range of issues including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, complications, nutrition, and prevention."

Four experts will present cutting edge research, therapies, and clinical tools for meeting the needs of Montanans with diabetes and those at high risk for developing the disease. 

Keynote speaker Marjorie Cypress, PhD, President-Elect for Health Care & Education at the American Diabetes Association, will present evidence-based treatment strategies for type 1 and type 2 diabetes and discuss health literacy and numeracy.  Gail Spiegel, dietician and diabetes educator will describe current nutrition recommendations and diabetes management plans for youth with type 1 diabetes. 

Recently published research on the relationship between diabetes and cardiovascular disease and applications for improved patient care will be presented by Dr. Brent Muhlestein.  Dr. Leigh Perreault will describe pre-diabetes recommendations for screening and diagnosis, and prevention strategies for type 2 diabetes.

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

For more information and to register for the conference, visit www.umt.edu/ce/cps/diabetesconference or call Michelle Eckert at the University of Montana School of Extended & Lifelong Learning at (406) 243-6842.

Page last updated 10/28/2013