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Targeting Type 1 Diabetes

March 30, 2016

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Missoula conference on type 1 diabetes

Missoula, MT—The Providence Medical Group Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition Center will sponsor a conference for diabetes education on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Broadway Building at Providence St. Patrick Hospital. The conference, entitled Targeting Type 1 Diabetes, is open to anyone with type 1 diabetes (children and adults) and support persons such as parents, grandparents, baby sitters, day care providers, school nurses, spouses and partners.

The conference will provide education and support to people living with type 1 and their families. The conference includes fun activities with learning opportunities, networking, expert lectures and exhibits. Provider-led games, both indoor and outdoor, will teach children as young as 4 years old about how to cope with the disease in everyday life. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Speakers will include providers from the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition Center including dietitians, pharmacists, physician assistants and endocrinologists.

Guest speaker Ellen Fay-Itzkowitz, LCSW, CDE, is a social worker associated with the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, Colorado. The BDC specializes in type 1 diabetes research and care for children and adults. It is one of the largest type 1 diabetes institutes in the world and is part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.Her presentations are focused on the emotional aspects of diabetes with sessions specifically for teenagers living with type 1 and an additional session for parents, providing tools to skillfully support their teens in controlling the disease.

During the conference, participants will learn about:

  • New technologies such as pumps, sensors and the artificial pancreas
  • Updates on the A1C guidelines and risks of glucose variability
  • Dealing with complications of diabetes when and if they occur
  • Future support activities in targeting type 1 in the Missoula community


Morning & mid-day tracks

Track 1: Kids

 8-9 a.m. Vendor booths
 9-11 a.m. "Play, Eat and Dose - Learning by Doing"
Molly Quinn, PA, and person living with diabetes
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Offsite fun activity
12-1 p.m. Lunch and vendor booths
 1-2 p.m. "Using Technology to Improve Your Life with Diabetes"
Carla Cox, Ph.D., RD, and Jennifer Troupe, MS, RD, BC-ADM
Certified diabetes educators

Track 2: Teens

 8-9 a.m. Vendor booths
 9-11 a.m. "#diabetesstuff"
Ellen Fay-Itzkowitz, LCSW, CDE
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Offsite fun activity
12-1 p.m. Lunch and vendor booths
 1-2 p.m. "Barriers to Better Control: Parents of Teens with Type 1"
Ellen Fay-Itzkowitz, LCSW, CDE

Track 3: Adults

 8-9 a.m. Vendor booths
 9-10 a.m. "Why Do I Test? Managing the Highs and Lows"
Ginny Lewis, NP, CDE
10-11 a.m. "The Checklist of Concerns Other Than Blood Sugars in Type 1 Diabetes"
Christopher Corsi, MD
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. "Networking for adults and parents"
Ellen Fay-Itzkowitz, LCSW, CDE
12-1 p..m Lunch and vendor booths
 1-2 p.m. "Using Technology to Improve Your Life with Diabetes "
Carla Cox and Jennifer Troupe
Certified diabetes educators

Afternoon tracks

Tracks 1, 2 and 3

 2-2:45 p.m. "Update on the Artificial Pancreas: Recent Progress and Future Challenges"
Michele Danicich, MD, FACE 
 2:45-3:15 p.m. "Sustaining the Momentum"
Carla Cox and Jennifer Troupe
 3:15-3:30 p.m. Evaluations, wrap up
Carla Cox, Jennifer Troupe