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DPHHS announces 20th Annual Montana Diabetes Professional Conference


September 19, 2017

Contact:   Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

DPHHS announces 20th Annual Montana Diabetes Professional Conference

Advancing diabetes care with state-of-the-art training for healthcare professionals on October 5-6 in Bozeman

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is pleased to announce the 20th Annual Montana Diabetes Professional Conference on October 5-6th at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman.

Registration is now open. The cost to attend is $155. A discounted registration fee of $75 is available for students.

“This year’s conference highlights leading health concerns of Montana communities and provides practical information to healthcare professionals so that they can address it,” said DPHHS Medical Officer Gregory Holzman, a member of the conference planning committee. “The event is also a time to network with colleagues and celebrate 20 years of advancing diabetes care.”

The conference features several aspects of mental health, which is one of the public health issues that Montana communities care about most. These presentations will focus on:

  • suicide prevention
  • historical trauma and maximizing integrated care for American Indians
  • psychosocial and behavioral issues for youth with type 1 diabetes

Two professionals will dive deeper into important issues for people with type 1 diabetes, such as the benefits of an interdisciplinary care team and effects of exercise on glycemic control and therapy.

The content is targeted toward healthcare professionals, especially nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physicians (including family physicians, internists, and endocrinologists). Continuing education credits will be available.

“We aim to target both public health priorities and clinical needs through professional education to continuously improve diabetes prevention, education, and care in Montana,” Holzman said.

The conference is presented in conjunction with the Montana Diabetes Educators Network, which holds their annual Diabetes Education Conference immediately prior to this event.

For more information and to register, please visit www.umt.edu/sell/cps/diabetes or call the Conference Coordinator Michelle Eckert at (406) 243-6842 or email michelle.eckert@umontana.edu.