Today the St. Louis Diabetes Coalition hosted the Diabetes Leadership Institute at the Forest Park Visitors Center. There was not a seat left in the meeting room. The sold-out Saturday event was attended by 55 eager-to-learn and inspiring participants from across the St. Louis area. All participants enjoyed a hands-on learning program about taking control of diabetes… and helping others do the same too. Garry Tobin, MD (WashU), Joan McGinnis, MSN, CDE (DiabetesCoalition), Denise Strehlow, RD, MPH, MSW (Visiting Nurses Association), and Eric S Armbrecht, PhD (SLU) delivered presentations and led group discussions. Lore Gross (SSM St. Mary’s) worked with participants individually to address some specific concerns. The program was a huge success with the help of Coco Bopp who assured all the details were in order. Special thanks go out to Eli Lilly and Roche Accu-check for their support and participation. 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 2010. The Coalition is looking for a few sponsors… at very reasonable rates.