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Iowa Diabetes + Wellness Summit

Thursday, November 14
8 am – 4 pm
FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny, IA

All health professionals are invited to attend.
The cost is $50 and covers lunch, summit facilitation, and materials.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AOA Category 2-A credit, podiatry contact hours, and nursing contact hours.


The summit will provide an engaging forum to discuss latest practices, opportunities, resources, and tools for addressing diabetes prevention, control, and management. National, state, and local experts will share innovative and best practice strategies for reducing the burden of diabetes and empowering patients and their families to live healthier lives.

Sharing Table

We are going to provide a sharing table again this year at the conference. Sharing tables allow for conference attendees to bring information/flyers about what they are doing in the area of diabetes prevention and management and share with other attendees. Feel free to share!


Visit the conference website for the session descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker disclosures.

8:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:15 am Patient Testimonial
9:30 am Engaging the Disengaged: Strategies to Promote Behavior Change in Diabetes
William Polonsky, PhD, University of California San Diego
11:00 am Break
11:30 am Breakout Session 1A - Health Inequities for People with Disabilities and Diabetes
Anne Crotty, MPH, Child Health Specialty Clinics, University of Iowa
Maggie Ferguson MS, CRC, CBIS, Inclusive Health and Wellness Initiative for Iowans with Disabilities, Iowa Department of Public Health
Mike Hoenig, MA, UIHC Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa

Breakout Session 1B - The Impact of Weight Bias on Patients and Non-Diet Weight Neutral Approaches Specific to Patients with Diabetes
Alison St. Germain, MS, RD, LD, Iowa Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Breakout Session 1C - Iowa’s Innovative Dental, Medical, and Community Integration Activities
Katie McBurney, BSHM, RDH, Lifelong Smiles Coalition
Kate LaFollette, RN, Care Coordinator, Telligen
Joy Laudick, RN, CDP, Director of Clinical Quality Management, Senior Housing Management, Inc.
12:30 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Poster sessions
  • Everyone with Diabetes Counts: Strategies and Accomplishments, Telligen
  • Person-Centered, Community-Based Strategies for Diabetes Prevention and Control (A Panel Presentation), Community Health Partners
  • Strengthening Community Through Collaboration, Family YMCA of Black Hawk County
1:30 pm Breakout Session 2A - The Med Talk: Strategies to Help People with Type 2 Diabetes Start and Stick to Their Diabetes Medications
Megan Muñoz, RN, MSN, CMSRN, CDE, UnityPoint Clinic
Cynthia J. Fiester, RN, BSN, Linn County Public Health
Breakout Session 2B - Dental and Diabetes: A Bi-Directional Dilemma
Mary Kelly, MS, RDH, CDP, Oral Health Connections
Breakout Session 2C - A Collaborative Approach to Designing, Implementing and Evaluating DM Management and Prevention at the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic
Mara Cheney, MPH, Johnson County Public Health
Estefany Guido, Iowa City Free Medical & Dental Clinic
Barbara Vinograde, Iowa City Free Medical & Dental Clinic
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Breakout Session 3A - Treating Obesity in the Setting of Diabetes
Jamie Pitlick, PharmD, Drake University and MercyOne Des Moines Diabetes and Endocrinology Care
Christine Langel, ARNP, MercyOne Des Moines Diabetes and Endocrinology Care
Breakout Session 3B - Increased Access and Patient Success in a DPP Through Innovative Community Partnerships Erin Raftery, RN, BSN, MPH, Eastern Iowa Health Center
Emmaly Fenton Renshaw, YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area
Breakout Session 3C - Reducing Health Disparities in the Pacific Island Culture: A Targeted Diabetes Intervention
Brooke Gomez, Crescent Community Health Center
Suzie Stroud, MSW, Pacific Island Health Project at Crescent Community Health Center
3:45 pm Closing Remarks
4:00 pm Adjourn

Keynote Speaker

William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE is President and Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization wholly dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, he received the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Richard R. Rubin Award for distinguished contributions to behavioral medicine and psychology.


Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health
Community Health Partners
Des Moines University
Drake University
Iowa Chronic Care Consortium
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
Iowa Medical Society
Iowa Primary Care Association
Midwestern Public Health Training Center

Continuing Education Credit

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 5.25 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 5.25 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session within each day to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 continuing education contact hour(s).
  • Other health professions: This live activity is designated for 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


Des Moines University
Continuing Medical Education

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