Nov. 13, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | The Washington Post

Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and tens of millions more are at risk. The economic burden on the U.S. is escalating, with an estimated 1 out of every 10 health care dollars spent on treating diabetes or it’s complications. What can be done to better prevent the disease and treat it?

This Washington Post forum, featuring many of the nation’s top experts, will look at how to prevent, diagnose and treat the chronic disease that can cause so many other health problems, including kidney, nerve and eye damage.

Event Agenda

Subject to change

8:30 a.m.

Trends and statistics about diabetes — who has it, who is at risk, and what can be done?
-Ann Albright, Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

-Ann Albright, Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
-Dr. Judith FradkinDirector, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Why it pays to invest in prevention efforts.
-Nikki Tyler, Independent Consultant
-Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Georgetown University

Robin Dorsey, Wellness Ambassador, American Diabetes Association
Patrick Swingle, Age 11

9:50 – 10:15 a.m. | Break 
Cooking demonstration with George Washington University Healing Clinic

Video: A day in the life of college student Tom Kelley

Innovative community efforts to encourage healthier lifestyles in Kentucky and around the nation.
-Dr. Matt Longjohn, National Health Officer, YMCA of the U.S.A
-Steve Tarver, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Louisville

-Dr. Alberto Barcelo, Advisor on Noncommunicable Diseases, Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization

-Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.)

Dr. Michele Mietus-Snyder, Co-Director, Children’s National Obesity Institute
With patients at Children’s National Health System  

-Dr. Antonio Convit, Deputy Director, Nathan Kline Institute; Professor, New York University School of Medicine
-Dr. Robert Ratner, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, American Diabetes Association

12 p.m. | Program Ends


Ann Albright, PhD, RD

Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ann Albright became director of the Division of Diabetes Translation in January 2007. Albright has worked on the implementation of evidence-based diabetes care guidelines, models of care in community clinics, application of diabetes prevention, and development of campaigns to increase the understanding of diabetes and importance of blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipid control. Albright is published in the areas of exercise, nutrition, body composition, diabetic nephropathy, the role of tissue glycosylation in diabetic complications, the feasibility of enhanced care among Medicaid recipients with type 2 diabetes, and public health practice in diabetes prevention and control. Albright has served in leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association including her role as past president for Health Care and Education, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Dietetic Association.

Alberto Barceló, MD, MSc

Advisor on Noncommunicable Diseases, Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization

Dr. Alberto Barceló is a physician with a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Havana. He has worked in academic and public health settings in Cuba, Mozambique and Canada. Barceló joined the Pan American Health Organization in 1999 and is an Advisor on Non Communicable Diseases in the Regional Office of WHO for the Americas. Barceló holds an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health Science at the University of Miami since 2005.  His interest in chronic non-communicable diseases has given him extensive expertise in surveillance and quality of care, with a particular emphasis on developing countries.  He is currently involved in projects in Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. He has published on subjects related to chronic diseases, the prevalence of diabetes, quality of care and health economics.

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Deputy Director, Nathan Kline Institute and Professor, New York University School of Medicine

Antonio Convit is the deputy director of the Nathan Kline Institute and a professor at the New York University School of Medicine. Convit’s work focuses on understanding the impact of obesity-mediated metabolic disease on the brain. He also created the Banishing Obesity and Diabetes in Youth (BODY) Project, a public health program to help obese adolescents improve their health.

Robin Dorsey

Wellness Ambassador, American Diabetes Association

Robin Dorsey is currently attending Northcentral University pursuing her PhD in Philosophy in Business.  She was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes seven years ago after becoming pregnant with her son, unfortunately due to a strong family history it later developed into Type 2 Diabetes. Ms. Dorsey realized she had to make some changes in her life regarding exercise, portion control, and food choices in an effort to manage her Diabetes. Four years ago she began conducting research and learned about the American Diabetes Association (ADA). After learning more about the disease she began volunteering her time, conducting workshop, trainings, and sharing her story. Through her tremendous outreach efforts and her determination ADA asked her to become a Diabetes Wellness Ambassador. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference and to help “Stop Diabetes”.

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Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Judith E. Fradkin is director of the Division of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. In her 35-year career at NIDDK, Fradkin has created or directed an array of high-impact clinical and basic research programs including multi-centered clinical trials to evaluate new approaches to prevent and treat diabetes and its complications, scientific consortia to define the genetic and environmental triggers of diabetes, and diabetes research centers. In addition to her oversight of major biomedical research programs, she serves as an endocrinology consultant at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Matt Longjohn

National Health Officer, YMCA of the U.S.A

Matt Longjohn, M.D., M.P.H., is the national health officer at YMCA of the USA (Y-U.S.A). In this capacity, he oversees a team of approximately 30 content experts and technical advisors who aim to develop and disseminate evidence based programs and practices designed to advance the Y’s Healthy Living goals. Programs and practices that Dr. Longjohn oversees include Healthy Communities Initiatives, YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA cancer survivorship program, EnhanceFitness, Childhood obesity prevention programs, Chronic disease self-management programs and programs to help individuals and families become aware of and obtain clinical preventive services. Longjohn is also an assistant adjunct professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Michele Mietus-Snyder, MD

Co-Director, Children’s National Obesity Institute

Michele Mietus-Snyder, MD, is a preventive cardiologist and clinical research scientist and Co-Director of the Children’s National Obesity Institute. Dr. Mietus-Snyder’s current research is focused on the identification of lifestyle strategies to improve metabolic balance and heart health for all children, independent of economic circumstances. She is the Principal Investigator of a project entitled “Stress, Inflammation, and the Metabolic Syndrome” funded by the American Heart Association evaluating the role of psychosocial stress on the disproportionate burden of obesity and its cardiometabolic complications in inner-city children. She is also co-investigator on a longstanding research collaboration with Dr. Bruce Ames at The Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and the USDA Nutritional Research Laboratory in Albany, CA, exploring the nutritional underpinnings of energy dysregulation and metabolic dysfunction.

Robert E. Ratner, MD, FACP, FACE

Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, American Diabetes Association

Dr. Robert E. Ratner is chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes. Ratner provides leadership and oversight of scientific and medical activities including research, clinical affairs, program recognition and certification, medical information and professional education. He oversees the Association’s support of a broad range of professional education activities and the development of the American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Recommendations, clinical consensus reports and expert opinions. He is a principal investigator for the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and DPP Outcomes Study of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serves on the Steering Committee for the project nationwide. He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. His research interests include diabetes therapeutics and complications, with an emphasis on translational efforts from controlled trials into community-based practice.

Sonal Shah

Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, Georgetown University

Sonal Shah is Professor and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Sonal is an economist and entrepreneur who has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. She is a senior fellow at the Case Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Sonal serves on the Board of Social Finance, Inc. and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and served as the Chair of the G7/G8 taskforce on Impact Investing.

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President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Louisville

Steve Tarver currently serves as the President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville (Kentucky).  The YMCA of Greater Louisville serves 170,000 people annually and has a budget of $45 million. Steve serves as the Director of YMCA Blue Ridge Leaders’ School involving over 600 teens from YMCAs across the southern states.  He has worked on health and wellness at the regional and national level.  Steve carried the Olympic Torch prior to the 1996 Games, and has received several awards and certifications in the field of health and wellness.  He is a member of the Louisville GradNation Team and the YouthPrint Task Force working to develop a network of effective out-of-school activities for youth.

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Independent Consultant

Nikki Tyler’s interests involve exploring the relationship between economic and social value to create sustainable, long-term solutions to social challenges. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management with concentrations in social enterprise, finance, and management & strategy. Tyler’s focus on type 2 diabetes originated from her involvement in conceptualizing and creating an outcomes-based security aimed at reducing the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Her professional experiences range from consulting in the private sector in D.C., serving as a program officer focused on market-based international development at a non-profit, and as a grant recipient from the Blueberry Family Health Foundation.

Patrick Swingle

Age 11

Biographies are provided by the speakers and edited only for clarity and length. Additional speakers will be announced soon.