Diabetes@Work Program Featured in St. Louis Business Journal

The St. Louis Diabetes Coalition’s Diabetes@Work program wsa featured in an article in the Feb 10, 2012 edition of the St. Louis Business Journal.  Click here to read the article.

Cooking for Your Sweetheart with Diabetes

On the evening of February 7, 2012, the Coalition hosted its Cooking for your Sweetheart with Diabetes at L’Ecole Culinaire Academy. The entertaining and informative chef delivered a great interactive presentation with hands-on demonstrations and sampling of ratatouille, crepes and quinoa chili chicken…. three dishes that we found to be absolutely mouthwatering… and good choices for people with diabetes.  Given the success of this program, plans are underway to deliver more hands-on programs centered on food in the future.  The Coalition welcomes ideas and partners to help further develop this mini-cooking school concept.  Like all Coalition program, participants were informed about ways to increase their diabetes self-management skills through services like Kick Diabetes.

Diabetes Technology Expo – Sat Nov 19 @ Ritz Carlton

Register today @ http://www.stldiabetesexpo.com/index.html

Saturday, November 19th
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The St. Louis Diabetes Technology Expo provides attendees with a look at how new technology is changing diabetes management. Health care professionals and researchers will present information about on-the-market advances in medication, blood glucose monitoring and nutrition. The Expo also features a product showcase which allows attendees to test the latest products and talk with company representatives.

For all the nitty gritty details, visit http://www.stldiabetesexpo.com/index.html

Register for Live Well STL (Jul 21): Should diabetes be the ONE shared health improvement area for the region?

On Jul 21, the Midwest Health Initiative (MHI) will host LIVE WELL STL, a summer summit meeting of community leaders who will be deciding how MHI will focus its health improvement efforts.  One goal of the event is to decide what should be the ONE shared health improvement focus for the St. Louis region.  Friends of the St. Louis Diabetes Coalition are invited to this forum on Thursday, July 21, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. @ Saint Louis University Il Monastero Conference Center. Should diabetes be the ONE shared health improvement area for the region?  Come and share your opinions, experiences and ideas as MHI stirs up dialogue about community health.

To RSVP, please contact Melanie Watson at mwatson@stlbhc.org.

7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

St. Louisians to Present Diabetes Research at 2011 ADA Scientific Meetings in San Diego

34 research projects authored or co-authored by St. Louisians will be presented at the 71st ADA Scientific Sessions in San Diego, CA (June 24-28).  If you will be at the meetings, be sure to check out the work contributed by local research scientists and health care providers.

Report Available: Missouri Medicaid Basics 2011

Missouri Medicaid Basics provides an overview and specific data on MO HealthNet. The report includes details on eligibility, key programs, delivery systems, and the financing and expenditures related to MO HealthNet. The 2011 edition has a new section that examines incentives in the federal health reform law to make changes in the Medicaid program. The report also has updated charts with regional data on MO HealthNet enrollment. View the report.

Community Health Needs Assessment Underway…. Be Part of the Conversation

The Midwest Health Initiative seeks your input on how to improve the health of our community. To go directly a brief questionnaire, please click here.

To first learn more about the Midwest Health Initiative and this effort, please read below. The Midwest Health Initiative (MHI) is a non-profit organization that brings together patients, physicians, employers, hospitals, insurers and other community leaders to improve health and health care across the St. Louis region. Established in 2009, MHI believes in the power of information and collaboration. In addition to hosting a common table for regional leaders, MHI manages a community data warehouse that includes medical and pharmacy claims from 2 million people across the St. Louis region and Mid-Missouri. In July, MHI will convene business, health care and other community leaders from across the region for a half-day Live Well STL Summit. Attendees will determine one disease or condition to serve as the initial focus for Live Well STL, an ongoing, regional, collaborative health improvement effort led by MHI. The unifying purpose of Live Well STL is to bring together a wide breadth of talent and resources to demonstrate substantial improvement for one health condition. While there are many health improvement opportunities, MHI seeks success in one area to lay a foundation for broader gains in the future. As a health care leader, MHI asks for your guidance, collaboration and support in creating dialogue around the priority and how it should be addressed. As a first step, MHI invites you to complete this brief questionnaire. Please click here to fill out the questionnaire. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Responses are requested by June 10th. The results will be presented at the Summit to guide attendee discussion and consensus development. Those who complete the questionnaire will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $50 gift cards. For more information on the Midwest Health Initiative or this process, please visit http://www.midwesthealthinitiative.org or contact Mary Jo Condon at mjcondon@stlbhc.org.