Mission Statement for the National Conference
“Mental Health Issues of Diabetes”
for Professionals, Researchers, Pharma, Patients, and Families
October 7th and 8th, 2013
The Rittenhouse Hotel
Diabetes is epidemic in the United States and throughout the world. We propose to build a national and international effort to survey the field of “Mental Health Issues of Diabetes” and “Medical Treatment of Diabetes” to ultimately create standardized modules of treatment across the passages of life utilizing leadership and creativity along with top professionals in clinical care and mental health, utilizing the “Conference” vehicle to bring together the top professional experts in Type I Diabetes clinical care and mental health. Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh, Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Immediate Past Dean, will be Honorary Chairman of the conference, while Lou Philipson, MD, PhD, Professor, University of Chicago, and Barbara Anderson, PhD, Professor, Baylor College of Medicine will Co-Chair along with Lee Ducat, Founder JDRF, NDRI, and HBDI. The plan is to create standardized modules of treatment through the stages of life experiences; at onset of diabetes, in infancy, childhood, teenage, young adult, college age, separation from primary family, marriage, pregnancy, gestational diabetes, infertility, divorce, relocation, job loss, remarriage, onset of complications, and later life issues. The plan is to design standardized support modules for “Behavioral and Mental Health Issues” and “Biophysical Treatment” over a lifetime for patients and families. These modules will address “Mental Health Issues” such as diabetes distress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, drug addiction, and suicide. Standardized modules will be designed to include Biophysical issues such as onset of the complications, kidney problems and failure, dialysis, eye problems, blindness, neuropathies and cardiovascular problems. Both “Mental Health Issues” and “Medical Treatment” will be targeted to design standardized treatment modules with a “Team Approach” for patients and their families within a new paradigm for treatment.
The mission to ultimately create standardized modules of treatment across the passages of life will utilize the vehicle of a “National Conference” which will have representation of expert leaders in diabetes clinical care, research, as well as top professionals in the treatment of mental health conditions. The mission of this conference will be to design a new paradigm of treatment for Type I Diabetes, to create standardized modules of treatment for professionals, patients, and their families, and at the same time to provide resources for research initiatives and data gathering to create new cutting edge tools to expedite quality “Mental Health” and “Medical Treatment” outcomes. Examples of some cutting edge tools which will be presented at the conference are the use of technology including cell phones, email, internet websites, and Skype-ing between patients and professionals. “The Mental Health Issues of Diabetes” conference will provide top level presentations, discussion groups resulting in the design of a new paradigm for Type I Diabetes treatment, pairing “Mental Health Issues” and “Medical Treatment” of diabetes in a “Team Approach” for professionals, researchers, patients and their families, and for the general public. The overall goal of the mission will be to create a new paradigm of standardized treatment for diabetes in a “Team Approach” which will combine “Medical Treatment” and “Mental Health Care” merged in a new paradigm of care for professionals, patients and families throughout the world.