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FOR RELEASE: October 17, 2002
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
405/271-5601

Diabetes Conference for Health Professionals Set November 15

Diabetes is one of the top ten leading causes of death in Oklahoma and is reaching epidemic proportions, according to health officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). About 300,000 Oklahomans have diabetes.

The Oklahoma Diabetes Control and Prevention program and community partner organizations are sponsoring a statewide diabetes conference for health care professionals on Nov. 15 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City to address health issues related to diabetes. Using the theme "Oklahoma's Solutions for Diabetes: Building a Community of Practice," the conference will help develop ways to improve the lives of Oklahomans with diabetes.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Barbara Fleming, director of the National Diabetes Health Care Quality Improvement Project Initiative administered by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

“Diabetes is among the top ten leading causes of death in Oklahoma and this conference will be used to help design ways to improve coordination and collaboration among health professionals, and standards of care for people with diabetes,” said Adeline Yerkes, Chief, Chronic Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Health care professionals are encouraged to attend the conference to get information on diabetes education and treatment through a selection of workshops including:

  • The Golden Years - Diabetes Management for Geriatric Patients
  • Supersizing Small Fries - Type 2 Diabetes in Children
  • Getting Pumped about Pumps - Practical Management of Insulin Pump Users
  • On the Right Foot - Foot Care for People with Diabetes
  • The Heart of the Matter - Diabetes Related Kidney Disease
  • Treating Tots to Teens - Type 1 Diabetes in Children
  • Why Not the Best Practices - Strategies for Providing Optimal Medical Care for Patients with Diabetes.

Conference planners include the OSDH -Oklahoma Diabetes Control and Prevention Program, Diabetes Solutions-OK, Inc., Chickasaw Nation, Claremore Indian Hospital, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Oklahoma Primary Care Association, and OU Children’s Diabetes Center.

The cost of the conference is $80.00 for early registration postmarked by October 22, and includes: continental breakfast, CE's, lunch, and conference materials. The regular registration cost is $100 postmarked by November 5th and the cost of on-site registration is $125.

Continuing education credits are available for interested participants. For online registration see the web site at http://www.dsok.net, or call (405) 271-4072 ext. 57105.

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