August 23, 2018
Contact:   Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                  Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391                                               

DPHHS to host 21st Annual Montana Diabetes Professional Conference

Advancing diabetes care with state-of-the-art training for healthcare professionals is October 25-26 in Fairmont

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is hosting the 21st Annual Montana Diabetes Professional Conference on October 25-26th at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Fairmont.

Registration is now open. The cost to attend is $140. A discounted registration fee of $55 is available for students. Fees increase by $20 after September 28.

“This conference is not only an excellent way to stay abreast of the newest information on diabetes management, but also serves as a time to network with colleagues and experts to address some of the unique challenges of providing diabetes care in Montana,” said DPHHS State Medical Officer Greg Holzman, MD, MPH, a member of the conference planning committee.

The conference features presentations that will focus on:

  • Language guidance for diabetes
  • New updates in diabetes medications
  • Stroke prevention
  • Montana’s Quality Data Initiative at Community Health Centers
  • Native diabetes health and culture of care

“The way we talk to and about people with diabetes matters,” explains keynote speaker Jane Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE of Fort Collins, CO. “Words create context and people shape meaning from what they hear and read. Words and messages can build people up or break them down. In diabetes care and education, we have an opportunity to become aware of the negative, judgmental language that has been used for decades. We can then make a change toward using strengths-based, person-centered, and empowering language.”

The speakers on Friday, all from throughout Montana, will further address opportunities for improvement.

Hayley Blackburn, PharmD, BCACP of the University of Montana will discuss therapeutic options for treatment of type 2 diabetes as well as compare the advantages and disadvantages of newer diabetes medications.

Jason Gleason, MSN, NP-C, USAF Lieutenant Colonel (RET) of Great Falls will share real-world stroke scenarios, innovative tools and current treatment guidelines. Gleason is enthusiastic in his mission to empower and inspire attendees to “maximize diabetes control, knock out stroke, crush disabilities and enhance patient outcomes”.

Courtney Buys, Public Health Project Manager of the Montana Primary Care Association, will introduce the Quality Data Initiative. This session will feature panelists from Montana’s Community Health Centers who recently worked on quality improvement measures to increase preventable disease screening. David Terry of Partnership Health Center in Missoula, Debra Bullington, RN of PureView Health Center in Helena and Pam Noe of Southwest Community Health Center in Butte will share clinical pearls and practical tips from their experiences in implementing these projects.

To conclude the conference, Kassie Runsabove, the Health Disparities Coordinator for St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, will present on the culture of care and effects of person-centered care to address social determinants of health and promote the continuum of care for Native families.

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.

The conference is presented in conjunction with the Montana Diabetes Educators Network.

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.