Date: September 17, 2020

Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936, (406) 461-3757, jebelt@mt.gov
               Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391, (406) 461-8367, hcouncil@mt.gov

DPHHS Announces 23rd Annual Montana Diabetes Professional Conference

Event aims to advance diabetes care with state-of-the-art virtual training for healthcare professionals on October 23

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will host the 23rd annual Montana Diabetes Professional Conference which is slated for October 23, 2020.

Registration is now open. Registration for the virtual conference is FREE to all participants. To register, those interested are encouraged to go online at www.umt.edu/ces/conferences/diabetes.

This conference will provide state-of-the-art training for healthcare professionals in diabetes prevention, education and clinical care. It is a lecture-based, full-day webinar with question and answer periods throughout.

This year six experts in their fields will present on:

  • Assessment & Recommendations for Management of Pediatric Obesity, Prediabetes and Diabetes
  • Motivation, Medicine & Mark Twain
  • Promoting Health and Behavior Change with Positive Psychology
  • Fetal Origins of Adult Disease
  • Acceptance-Based Behavioral Treatment for Obesity

This year’s conference will open with a keynote presentation by Dr. Sophie Lanciers and Emma Peterson, RDN. Their presentation will provide an introduction to diagnosing obesity and associated comorbidities in children, workups, management including dietary approach, motivational interviewing and medications approved for pediatrics. It will include the importance of behavior therapy and frequency of visits among children and youth, with an approach similar to the adult National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Next, Geoffrey Williams, MD, from the Billings Clinic will focus his discussion on the Self-Determination Theory (SDT). SDT is a general theory of human motivation that has been used to study health behavior and its change in over 200 studies, including over 70 randomized controlled trials.

Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, Chair of Happiness Science and Positive Health Committee of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), will provide an overview of positive psychology and its important role in health behavior change, as well as in promoting physiologic benefits directly.

Merlin Bardett Fausett, MD, Col (Ret) USAF, Chairman of the Department of Women’s, and Children’s Services at Community Medical Center will review the concepts of fetal programming based on the fetal environment and its impact on the long-term health and well-being of the child through adult life.

To conclude the conference, Stephanie Manasse, PHD, Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Sciences at Drexel University, will present on acceptance-based treatment (ABT) and its delivery. ABT is a treatment that fuses principles from acceptance and commitment therapy with lifestyle modification and is a new form of behavioral treatment that shows promise for improving weigh loss outcomes.

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.

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


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