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April 9: Our Community, Our Health Forum on Type 1 Diabetes & High Blood Pressure


Members of the community are invited to join a live webcast on Thursday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn about Type 1 diabetes, high blood pressure and tips on talking to your healthcare provider about these issues. This national online forum will be led by experts from the University of Florida and Health Literacy Missouri.


Type 1 Diabetes: From 1980 to 2011, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes more than tripled—from 5.6 million to 20.9 million—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mark Atkinson, Ph.D., director of the University of Florida Diabetes Institute, will share some of his team’s research on Type 1 diabetes, estimated to account for 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Dr. Atkinson is the American Diabetes Association Eminent Scholar for Diabetes Research.

High Blood Pressure: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 of 3 U.S. adults—or about 70 million people—have high blood pressure, only about half of whom have it under control. Carl J. Pepine, M.D., a professor of medicine at the University of Florida, will share findings from research related to high blood pressure and other issues affecting heart health. Dr. Pepine is a trustee and past president of the American College of Cardiology.

Talking to Your Healthcare Provider: Nearly half of all American adults have a hard time understanding and using health information to manage their health, according to an Institute of Medicine report on health literacy. Catina O’Leary, Ph.D., LMSW, will share tips on talking to your healthcare provider about the topics discussed. Dr. O’Leary is president and chief executive officer of Health Literacy Missouri, a nonprofit that promotes and supports health literacy to help people make good health decisions every day.


**When Q&A begins, you will text OCOH600 to the number 22333. It will then indicate you have joined the session and you may text in questions as you wish during the presentation.


The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has partnered with the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute and HealthStreet to facilitate this forum. Our Community, Our Health engages people across the country through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards network, which is funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Learn more about HealthStreet and Our Community, Our Health.

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