May 12, 2014

Center for Healthy Communities HealthLink seminar to focus on diabetes in Montgomery County

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DAYTON, Ohio—Thirteen of every 100 residents of Montgomery County suffer from diabetes, according to Diabetes Dayton, an independent Dayton diabetes agency.

To explore the high rate of diabetes in Montgomery County and its connection to county health disparities, the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities HealthLink and the Ohio State Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Region IV will present a half-day seminar, “Montgomery County Health Disparities: Tackling the Diabetes Epidemic.”

The seminar will be on Tuesday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center (581 Olive Road) in Dayton. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Diabetes is a disease in which a person has a high level of glucose, a type of sugar, in his or her blood, according to the Ohio Department of Health. A person is diabetic when he or she can no longer utilize or produce enough insulin to regulate his or her blood glucose level.

The seminar will provide professionals with information related to health disparities and diabetes in the community and among specific groups in Montgomery County. Participants will learn about locally available resources related to diabetes prevention and management.

Presenters include Susan McGovern, executive director, Diabetes Dayton; James R. Ebert, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAPC, associate professor of community health, Boonshoft School of Medicine, and lead physician, Pediatric Lipid Clinic, Dayton Children’s Hospital; and Gaston Bouquette, coordinator,Diabetes, Self-Management Education Program, Public Health—Dayton & Montgomery County. The seminar will conclude with a panel discussion featuring representatives from Dayton area diabetes prevention and management programs.

There is a $20 nonrefundable registration fee. Payment must be received by May 27. Space is limited. For more information, view the flyer. For a map and directions, visit the HealthLink website. To register, call Cindy Bradley at (937) 775-8248, or email her at lucinda.bradley@wright.edu.

Seminars looking at other issues related to health disparities in Montgomery County will be offered on Sept. 9 and Dec. 9 at the Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center. The Sept. 9 seminar will focus on health disparities and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Center for Healthy Communities HealthLink and AHEC Region IV present the annual series of continuing education quarterly seminars for health care professionals and interested community members.