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How to Overcome Disparities and Reduce the Burden of Diabetes Complications

American Diabetes Association Hosts Two-Day Forum to Confront Growing Health Epidemic

Alexandria, VA – March 15, 2011 –

The American Diabetes Association will convene its Fourth Disparities Partnership Forum to address the severe onset of diabetes and its complications in high-risk populations. The two-day forum will bring together leading experts to discuss community solutions and foster collaborations among various organizations.

The forum will highlight promising practices that address reducing the onset and severity of diabetes complications in high-risk populations such as heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy, neuropathy and other co-morbidities. In addition, key elements will be identified to build coalitions at the community level and to eliminate disparities in diabetes complications.Speakers include:

• Rep. Donna M. Christensen, Delegate, Virgin Islands, House of Representatives
• Griffin Rodgers, MD, MACP, Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
• Ho Luong Tran, MD, MPH, President/CEO, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians
• Henry W. Foster Jr., MD, FACOG, Professor Emeritus, former Dean and Medical Affairs VP, Meharry Medical College, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vanderbilt University
• Julien Naylor, MD, MPH, Internal Medicine, SEARHC, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital
• Vijaya Juturu, PhD, FACN, Cardiovascular Health Scientist, UnitedBio-Med, Inc., and Adjunct Professor, Mercy College
• Sandra Leal, PharmD, CDE, Director, Clinical Pharmacy, El Rio Health Center
• Vivian Fonseca, MD, FRCP, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Tullis-Tulane Chair in Diabetes, Chief, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Tulane Univ. Health Sciences Center
• Victor Gonzalez, MD, Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Valley Retina Institute, P.A.
• Stephen RithNajarian, MD, Diabetes Consultant, Bemidji Area Health Service, Indian Health Service
• Kathy Gold, RN, MSN, CDE, Director, Education and Outreach, Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
• LaShawn A. McIver, MD, MPH, Public Health Consultant, Global Healthy Solutions, LLC, and Senior Healthy Policy Fellow, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

April 6-7, 2011

The Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA

Healthcare professionals, community health educators, policy makers, researchers and voluntary health organizations are encouraged to attend the two-day forum. The forum is free and up to 11.25 complimentary continuing education credits will be offered. For more information or to register, visit

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

Christine Feheley
[email protected]