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Creighton Conference Looks at Health Care Disparities and Diabetes

Creighton Conference Looks at Health Care Disparities and Diabetes

Health care experts, community leaders and others will gather Saturday, April 17, at Creighton University to explore what can be done to lessen health care disparities that contribute to a higher incidence of diabetes in some ethnic populations.

The daylong conference, entitled “Addressing Health Disparities: Focus on Diabetes,” will be held at the Hixson-Lied Science Building, Room G04, at 26th and Burt streets. There is no fee, but registration is required.

The conference’s goal is to inform health care providers about health disparities as they affect diabetes, ethical and sociological challenges in addressing those disparities, current theories on genetic-environmental interactions regarding type 2diabetes, strategies for primary prevention of diabetes, diabetes issues in diverse communities, and more.

Keynote speaker will be Samuel Dagogo-Jack, M.D., chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He will speak on “Unraveling the Biology of Ethnic Disparities in Type 2 Diabetes.”

Dagogo-Jack’s current research interests include various aspects of the diabetes pathophysiology and prevention and the regulation of leptin in humans. He is the recipient of the 2008 Distinction in Clinical Endocrinology Award from the American College of Endocrinology.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, and 1.6 million new cases are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year.

African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. In addition, they are more likely to suffer complications from diabetes, such as end-stage renal disease and lower extremity amputations.

The April 17 conference is sponsored by the Creighton University Health Sciences’ Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality and several departments and centers within the School of Medicine. To register, call (402) 280-5659 or (800) 548-CMED or register online at by April 10; a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for those who preregister. Registration at the door will be accepted as space allows. Continuing medical education credit is available.

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