HealthCorps Coordinators Attend the Annual Harold Hamm Diabetes Center Research Symposium

Posted 11/21/2018 | By HealthCorps

The experience was eye-opening. I didn’t realize how much knowledge we have now about the way our bodies process insulin, the kinds of fat that is stored, and how advanced medicine is in reversing the effects of diabetes. I hope to see more published research soon and I can’t wait to see what medicine will be developed next! 

Kassandra Johnston, BHSc
Program Coordinator, Living Labs
Chickasha High School, Chickasha, Oklahoma 

On November 16, 2018, the Oklahoma’s five HealthCorps Coordinators attended the annual Harold Hamm Diabetes Center’s Research Symposium at the Samis Education Center inside the University of Oklahoma’s Health Science Center in Oklahoma City.  The Coordinators joined an audience of health professionals and advocates for presentations led by leading national experts on preventing, treating, and managing diabetes.

The symposium included several breakout sessions and featured a presentation by Kerstin Reinschmidt, Ph.D., M.P.H.  who discussed steps to developing diabetes training for community health workers in Oklahoma. Coordinators were able to gain insight into how they can apply this knowledge in their schools and communities.

The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is known for being at the forefront of diabetes research. The annual symposium highlights the health risk factors for contracting diabetes and measures to prevent it. HealthCorps Coordinators are able to bring the knowledge back to their high schools to educate their students on ways students and families can prevent contracting diabetes.

The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is chaired by Continental Resources CEO Harold G. Hamm. He is a national leader in promoting health, education and energy industry advocacy. With the goal of finding a cure for diabetes, he has donated more than $30 million to establish the world-renowned Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.   Continental Resources is supports HealthCorps’ program at Chickasha High School.

About Harold Hamm Diabetes Center

The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is at the forefront of diabetes research – inspiring progress toward a cure, education of health care professionals and families, optimal care for those living with diabetes, and effective prevention strategies. The University of Oklahoma’s Harold Hamm Diabetes center serves as a catalyst for eradicating the diabetes epidemic through cutting-edge research focused on progress toward a cure for diabetes and its complications, dramatically improved patient care for those suffering from the disease, and programs aimed at preventing people from developing the disease before it starts. The center has facilities in Oklahoma City and Tulsa as well as affiliated sites across the state.


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