Diabetes Education Program
The Office of Medical and Health Programs (OMHP) and the Office of Civic Engagement are partnering with Dr. Karen Gilson, MD to develop a diabetes education program for our area.
Spearheaded by Bonner Leader Amanda Watters, C’18, and supported by Robin Hille Michaels, Assistant Director of the Office of Civic Engagement, and Cynthia Gray, Assistant Director of the OMHP, this project has been in development since last spring. It began with a discussion with representatives of the Tennessee Department of Health, Grundy County Health Ambassadors, and the Grundy County Health Council, all of whom saw a profound need for more diabetes education in our area.
Watters and seven Diabetes Education Fellows (image below) were trained in Prevent T2, a CDC curriculum for preventing Type 2 diabetes, and are now working with Gilson to develop a program tailored to the needs of our community. Gilson, a Certified Diabetes Educator who currently works in the emergency room at the on-campus hospital, is uniquely suited to kick-start this program. With decades of experience treating diabetes and a passion for education, her dream is to open a diabetes center on the Mountain.
We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Gilson and a team of motivated students. Our goal is to implement a diabetes prevention program that results in real change, includes the entire family and is comprised not just of lectures, but also cooking classes, conversation, and fellowship.
The diabetes education program will begin this spring. If you are interested in participating, please contact Amanda Watters.
Amanda Watters, C'18; Olivia Whitcomb, C'20; Minghui Lu, C'20;
Allison Huffman, C'18; Amelia Warnock, C'18; Kayla Howard, C'19;
Abigail Leal, C'18; and Mesgana Dagnachew, C'20