Last weekend the St. Louis Diabetes Coalition hosted the Diabetes Leadership Institute at the Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse. The sold-out Saturday event was attended by 34 participants from across the St. Louis area. A little bit of advertising in two local newspapers went a long way… and some promotional assistance by the City of St. Louis Human Resources Dept brought in 6 City employees. Side note: The City of St. Louis has been a long-time support of the Coalition’s Diabetes@ Work program. The participants enjoyed a hands-on learning program about taking control of diabetes… and helping others do the same too. Garry Tobin, MD, Joan McGinnis, MSN, 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 Roche Accu-check who provided many meters for the glcuose monitoring demonstration. 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 4 more Diabetes Leadership Institute programs in 2009. The Coalition is looking for a few sponsors… at very reasonable rates. Hint, hint.