A couple days ago the St. Louis Diabetes Coalition hosted the Diabetes Leadership Institute at the Missouri History Museum. The sold-out Saturday event was attended by 35 participants. Unfortuneately, the wait-list of about 50 could not be accomodated due to room size limitations. A little bit of advertising in two local newspapers went a long way. The participants enjoyed a hands-on learning program about taking control of diabetes… and helping others do the same too. Garry Tobin, MD, Kathy Little, RN, CDE, Denise Strehlow, RD, MPH, MSW and Eric S Armbrecht, PhD led the group sessions. The program was a huge success with the help of Tish Singer who assured all the details were in order. Special thanks go out to Michelle Hasket from Roche who helped demonstrate proper set-up and use of a blood glucose meter. Comments, questions and interactions among participants clearly showed how valuable programs like the Diabetes Leadership Institute are in the community. Plans are underway for the next Diabetes Leadership Institute in October or November. The Coalition is looking for a few sponsors… at very reasonable rates. Hint, hint.