SEARHC hosts May diabetes conference in Juneau

April 27 2011

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Diabetes Program will host two free diabetes prevention and control training events on May 24 and 26 in Juneau. The first event is a day of policy training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center. The policy training will be led by Joanie Fogel from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Communities Program through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Learning objectives for this session include using policy change as a way to change specific behavior, understanding the interplay between norms and policies, how to use a framework for policy development, and successful policy change requires more than just “good ideas” — how to move policy agendas. The second event is a day-long conference called “Working Together to Prevent and Control Diabetes in Southeast Alaska,” which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Juneau’s Centennial Hall. Keynote presentations will be made by Dr. Julien Naylor with the SEARHC Diabetes Program; Meera Narayanan of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC); Dr. Terry Raymer of ANTHC; Gary Ferguson, N.D. of ANTHC; and nationally recognized Native health educator Darryl Tonemah, Ph.D., M.Ed. Discussion topics include primary prevention, best practices for diabetes control, understanding the diagnostic criteria for diabetes and prediabetes, learning the nutritional value of Alaska’s traditional foods, health education and wellness among Native populations, community prevention efforts, and more. One of the goals of these training events is helping people make lasting lifestyle changes to prevent and control diabetes. “A truly effective diabetes treatment and prevention plan includes more than the people directly effected, but also those who lend support, ie. medical providers, non-medical people, family and friends,” said Maybelle Filler, SEARHC Diabetes Program Manager/Grant Coordinator. “Working in partnership with each other plays a key role in helping to either manage the diagnosis of diabetes successfully over a long period of time or prevent it from occurring altogether.” A limited number of travel scholarships are available for these two free events. To learn more about how to apply for one of the travel scholarships, please contact Renae Mathson at 966-8797 or by the close of business on Monday, May 9. If you plan to attend the conference, but don’t need a travel scholarship, please RSVP with Renae Mathson by the close of business on Thursday, May 19.