How to Overcome Disparities and Reduce the Burden of Diabetes Complications

March 15, 2011

WHAT:  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

WHEN: April 6-7, 2011

WHERE: The Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA

WHO: 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 10 complimentary continuing education credits* will be offered. For more information or to register, visit

*Credits updated March 18, 2011

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)