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2006 Diabetes Initiative Grantee Meetings

April 2006: Collaborative Learning Network

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Diabetes Initiative held its sixth Collaborative Learning Network (CLN) meeting in St. Louis, MO on April 4-6, 2006. The meeting kicked off with with a session on sustainability and building the case for self management support lead by Dr. Kerry Kilpatrick from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. There was a lively and interactive session on key messages lead by Ken Fields from Fleishman-Hillard Inc. Grantees also had opportunities to interact with a media panel to glean tips and strategies on ways to work with media to share program findings. Media panelists included Deborah Shelton from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Frederick from KWMU, St. Louis NPR affiliate, and Al Wiman formerly with KSDK-TV and KMOV-TV and currently with the St. Louis Science Center. Program director Ed Fisher presented healthy coping protocols and grantees discussed workgroup projects related to depression, partnership mapping, and community health worker evaluation. In attendance were Diabetes Initiative grantees, program staff, RTI Evaluation staff and invited speakers.

Download Agenda | Kilpatrick Presentation


October 2006: RWJF Diabetes Initiative Capstone Meeting

The Diabetes Initiative hosted its Capstone Meeting in Tucson, AZ on October 18-20, 2006. Read Conference Proceedings from the meeting.

The meeting was a forum for launching dissemination of lessons learned from the Initiative. The 14 programs of the Initiative showcased their work to improve diabetes self management related to four themes:

  • Models for Partnerships that Build Community Support for Diabetes Care. Download >
  • Community Health Worker Approaches to Implementing Self Management. Download >
  • Models for Engaging and Keeping Patients Involved in Self Management. Download >
  • System Changes and Program Design to Support Self Management. Download >

The meeting kicked off with a keynote by Dr. James Gavin III who discussed trends in diabetes care and the central role of self management. Congresswoman Diana DeGette, U.S. Representative, Colorado, First District and co-chair of The Congressional Diabetes Caucus, discussed current policy initiatives related to diabetes. David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, gave an inspiring talk about his insights from social entrepreneurs. The meeting also included a talk on healthy coping in diabetes management and a panel to discuss self management from a payer's perspective. Several groups important in the Initiative's dissemination were invited and sent representatives to the meeting, including AADE, ADA, ASTHO, CDC, Diabetes Forecast, IHS, NGA, NIDDK, NDEP, OBSSR, Pfizer Health Solutions, private foundations, state health departments, other RWJF National Program Offices, our National Advisory Committee, RTI Evaluation staff, RWJF, and universities.

Download Agenda I Conference Proceedings I DI Overview Slides I Healthy Coping Presentation


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