Iowa Diabetes + Wellness Summit

Ankeny, IA US
November 1, 2023



  • Professionals: $75
  • Students: $25

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The summit will provide an engaging forum to discuss the latest practices, opportunities, resources, and tools for diabetes prevention, control, and management. National, state, and local experts will share innovative and best practice strategies to reduce the burden of diabetes and empower patients and their families to live healthier lives.

Target Audience

All members of the healthcare team who work in the treatment and management of diabetes.

Educational Need

Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood sugar. When a person has diabetes, the body either does not make enough insulin (type 1) or cannot properly use insulin (type 2). When the body does not have enough insulin or cannot use it properly, blood sugar builds.

People with diabetes can develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and triglycerides. High blood sugar, particularly when combined with high blood pressure and lipids, can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, amputations of the legs and feet, and even early death. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults in the United States has prediabetes. However, about nine in 10 people with prediabetes do not know they have it. For example, in Iowa, only 7.8 percent of individuals have been told by a doctor or healthcare provider that they have prediabetes or are borderline diabetic.

This yearly event highlights new diabetes prevention, management, and care innovations.


    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
    • 6.50 AOA Category 2­A
    • 6.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 6.50 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    11/01/2023 - 8:30am CDT
    Event ends: 
    11/01/2023 - 5:00pm CDT


    All times listed are in Central Time. The agenda is subject to change.

    8:00 am R    egistration, Breakfast, and Exhibit Hall
    8:30 am


    Wendy Mobley-Bukstein, PharmD, CDCES
    Alysa Goethe, Miss Iowa 2023

    8:45 am

    Keynote Address - Person-Centered Language in Diabetes Care and Education: Why it Matters

    Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDCES

    1. Discuss the rationale for changing words and messages in diabetes.
    2. Identify problem language and ways to replace it with strengths-based, person-centered messages.
    3. Identify/locate diabetes language resources.
    9:45 amBreak and Exhibit Hall
    10:00 am

    Tackling Tough Conversations with Motivational Interviewing Skills

    Nora Stelter, PharmD, CHWC

    1. Describe the latest updates in motivational interviewing.
    2. Apply motivational interviewing skills during conversations with patients.
    10:45 am

    Continuous Glucose Monitoring in the Underserved Diabetes Population

    Kindra Holsing, MD
    Garrett Wilt, DO

    1. Recall strategies to get Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) technology to patients
    2. Discuss how CGM can impact overall diabetes management
    3. Discuss social determinants of health and how to address these concerns during a patient visit
    11:30 amLunch and Exhibit Hall
    12:30 pm

    Helping Individuals and Communities Manage Stress and Do What Matters

    Warren Phillips, PhD

    1. Identify signs of stress reactions, including fight/flight and freeze/fawn reactions.
    2. Practice at least 2-3 rapid methods of managing stress "in the moment."
    3. Demonstrate awareness of a new community-based model of stress management.
    1:15 pm

    Interventions with Community Pharmacies to Address Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

    McKyla Carson, MPH
    Sarah Strack, MPH

    1. Recognize how diabetes management interventions can be implemented in community pharmacies.
    2. Identify facilitators and barriers for pharmacy interventions to address chronic disease management.
    3. Adapt interventions for addressing health disparities for cardiovascular disease to disparities for diabetes.
    2:00 pmBreak and Exhibit Hall
    2:15 pm

    Strive for Progress Not Perfection

    Zakiya Jenkins, MPA, CPT, CHW

    1. List Diabetes Prevention Program retention strategies.
    2. Review strategies to work with communities and identify individuals who would benefit from the Diabetes Prevention Program.
    3:00 pm

    Utilizing a Falls Prevention Program to Improve Diabetes Management

    Sydney Marshman OTD, OTR/L, CEAS I, CHES
    Gregory Welk, PhD

    1. Apply comprehensive fall risk assessment techniques.
    2. Integrate diabetes management strategies into fall prevention programs, incorporating appropriate exercise protocols, blood glucose monitoring considerations, and medication management approaches.
    3. Conduct thorough home safety assessments.
    4. Identify potential fall hazards related to diabetes management.
    5. Recommend appropriate home modifications and assistive devices to optimize safety and reduce fall risks.
    3:45 pm 

    Keynote Address - Optimizing the Patient Appointment with Provider/Educator Shared Medical Visit 

    Dallas Sanders, PA, CDCES
    Karen Roos, RDN, LD, CDCES

    1. Provide a practical approach to enhancing collaborative care through a shared medical visit that molds the patient, provider, and educator perspectives to create a comprehensive plan for improved glycemic control.
    2. Outline the steps in making this concept in care a reality for both patients and providers alike.
    4:45 pm

    Closing Remarks

    Cari Seddon, MA, RDN, LD, CDCES

    5:00 pmAdjourn
    FFA Enrichment Center
    1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    United States
    +1 (515) 965-7372

    Designed to promote leadership development, personal growth and career success for both high school and college-age Iowa youth, the FFA Enrichment Center has unique tools and resources to enhance the educational experience. Some examples include computer and science laboratories, future fiber optic connectivity for long-distance learning, recreational/exhibit space and breakout rooms for groups of all sizes. In addition, the 60,000 square foot center offers state-of-the-art conference center facilities that can seat more than 500 participants.


    The FFA Enrichment Center is a beautiful and convenient meeting and conference center adjoining the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, Iowa.

    Driving Directions

    From Interstate 35 (I-35)

    • Take I-35 either North or South to Ankeny.
    • Take the Oralabor Road exit (same as airport) & Go West
    • If you are coming from the north, this is a right turn
    • If you are coming from the south, this is a left turn.
    • After driving about 2 miles, you will run into South Ankeny Blvd.
    • Turn right onto South Ankeny Blvd.
    • Turn left on DMACC Blvd.
    • Turn right on SW Campus Court

    From Interstate 80 (I-80) in Des Moines

    • Take the 2nd Avenue exit north (Highway 415).
    • Drive to Oralabor Road in Ankeny.
    • Turn right on Oralabor Road.
    • Turn left at the first stoplight—DMACC Blvd.
    • Turn left on SW Campus Court


    Ms. Carson has been the Heart Disease and Stroke Coordinator at the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services since August 2021. She received her Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa College of Public Health in Community and Behavioral Health. Before working at the department, she worked for several years in quality improvement for managed care in Iowa.


    Originally from Bettendorf, Iowa, Ms. Goethe attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2022 with a BA in Music Education. She worked as the Head Vocal Music Teacher at Hiatt Middle School in Des Moines before winning the title of Miss Iowa 2023. As a titleholder with the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program, Ms. Goethe has already traveled more than 26,000 miles and is now ready to take on more as Miss Iowa. As Miss Iowa, her social impact initiative is Not Your Type: Advocating for Type 1 Diabetes. She has garnered over 35 international and regional partnerships and implemented diabetes curricula across 12 districts.


    Dr. Holsing is a third-year internal medicine resident at MercyOne Des Moines. She is the chief resident responsible for managing research and quality improvement. In her time, she authors children's books on medical conditions.


    Dr. Dickinson's research and publications focus on messages' impact on people with diabetes. She was Diabetes Educator of the Year in 2019 and is currently President-Elect of the Board of Directors for the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.


    Zakiya Jenkins is the founder of Garce Fitness, a non-profit organization that provides access and opportunity to those seeking a healthy lifestyle change. Zakiya believes that access to health resources and education can change a person’s life. Zakiya holds a Master of Public Administration, is currently a Registered Dietitian student at Iowa State University, a certified community health worker, and a certified personal trainer.


    Dr. Phillips is a Licensed Psychologist in Iowa and Minnesota. He is the Chief Clinical Officer of Central Iowa Psychological Services and a Teaching Professor in the Psychology Dept of Iowa State University. Dr. Phillips works with children, teens, adults, organizations, and communities to help them enhance their well-being, manage stress, and improve their self-awareness, self-regulation, and connection with themselves and others.


    Sydney Marshman is the founder and occupational therapist with Happy at Home Consulting based in Des Moines, Iowa. Happy at Home provides therapy at home to older adults with her team of physical, occupational, and speech therapists. In addition to traditional rehabilitative services, Sydney continues to increase access to home safety evaluations throughout the state.


    Ms. Roos graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in dietetics and became a Registered Dietitian in 2008. In July of 2011, she obtained her Certified Diabetes Educator status.  She has worked as the Program Director and CDE for the ADA-certified diabetes center for MercyOne Internal Medicine Clinics in Des Moines, IA, for the past 14 years. This is a unique program embedded within an internal medicine clinic. She provides a variety of services, including diabetes self-management education, personal nutrition counseling, group classes, and support meetings, and also assists with continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump management.


    Mr. Sanders was born and raised in Buffalo, Wyoming. He attended undergraduate school at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he majored in Spanish with a minor in chemistry. He attended Physician Assistant school at Touro College, Manhattan Campus, in New York City, where he was given the Maimonides Award for highest academic standing for the academic and clinical year. He has worked in Des Moines, Iowa, in  Internal Medicine with a focus on diabetes for his entire 19-year career. He has been a certified diabetes educator since 2008. He is the medical director of MercyOne Internal Medicine Des Moines Diabetes Center, which is embedded at MercyOne's internal medicine East Village office.  He is adjunct faculty at Des Moines University and a long-time preceptor for PA students, where he was awarded preceptor of the year in 2023.  He was awarded the Physician Assistant of the Year in 2017 by the Iowa Physician Assistant Society.   


    Ms. Strack is a Research Specialist at the University of Iowa Center for Evaluation Research. Her work focuses on the evaluation of chronic disease prevention interventions. She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa College of Public Health.


    Dr. Stelter is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She teaches a Health Coaching elective in the College for students in all healthcare professional degree programs.


    Dr. Greg Welk is the Barbara E. Forker Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at ISU. His research focuses on the assessment and promotion of physical activity in different populations. He directs the ISU Translational Research Network ( and coordinates the dissemination of the evidence-based Walk with Ease (WWE) intervention through both in-person (group) and virtual (self-directed) formats. His portion of the presentation will cover the translation of evidence-based programs such as Walk with Ease and coupling efforts aimed at enhancing the National Diabetes Prevention Program.


    Biography is coming soon. 


    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Iowa Diabetes + Wellness Summit. DMU designates this live activity for 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 6.5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 6.5 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
    • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


    No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


    The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

    • Lori Byrd, MS - Planning Committee Member
    • McKyla Carson, MPH - Speaker
    • Tiffany Conroy, LISW - Planning Committee Member
    • Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDCES - Speaker
    • Rachel Finkelstein Hoskins, PharmD - Planning Committee Member
    • Wesley Franklin, MS - Planning Committee Member
    • Alysa Goethe - Planning Committee Member
    • Vanessa Gray, MHA, CMP, CHCP - Planning Committee Member
    • Alexandra Grossman, MA, RDN, LD - Planning Committee Member
    • Kindra Holsing, MD - Speaker
    • Zakiya Jenkins, MPA, CPT, CHW - Speaker
    • Kathleen Kunath, RN - Planning Committee Member
    • Sydney Marshman OTD, OTR/L, CEAS I, CHES - Speaker
    • Wendy Mobley-Bukstein, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES, CHWC, FAPhA - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
    • Warren Phillips, PhD - Speaker
    • Trina Radske-Suchan, PT - Planning Committee Member
    • Jason Rainwater - Planning Committee Member
    • Karen Roos, RDN, LD, CDCES - Speaker
    • Dallas Sanders, PA, CDCES - Speaker
    • Cari Seddon, MA, RDN, LD, CDCES - Planning Committee Member
    • Vanitha Singaram, MD - Planning Committee Member
    • Nora Stelter, PharmD, CHWC - Speaker
    • Sarah Strack, MPH - Speaker
    • Gregory Welk, PhD - Speaker
    • Garrett Wilt, DO - Speaker


    The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
    • 6.50 AOA Category 2­A
    • 6.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 6.50 IBON


    We have a great group of exhibitors with valuable information to share. Click the organization's name or logo to visit their website, and don't forget to visit their booth to connect with them at the conference.

    Pharmaceutical / Device Support Partners

    Community Support Organizations
    Click on the logo to visit their website.

    Healthiest State Initiative Logo is linked


      The BINGO challenge is a fun way to become familiar with the services and resources that each exhibitor can provide. Summit participants who complete the BINGO challenge have the opportunity to win prizes! BINGO cards will be distributed during check-in at the Summit. 

      Prizes to be determined.


      The 8th Annual Iowa Diabetes & Wellness Summit is a one-day conference that brings together health professionals, including diabetes educators, physicians, dietitians, nurses, and public health practitioners, from across the state of Iowa to learn about the latest in diabetes care, network, and share their experiences working in the field. The planning committee is accepting exhibitor registration for the 2023 Summit being held in person at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa, on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm CT. Set-up begins at 8:00 am. 


      The exhibit space will be open for a minimum of 90 minutes. As an exhibitor, you will receive the following:

      1. Two complimentary Summit registrations
      2. Lunch and snacks
      3. One six-foot table (linens not included)
      4. Company logo recognition on the event page (eligible companies only)
      5. Company name recognition on press releases/email blasts


      Early Rate (Ends on Sunday, September 17, 2023)

      • Exhibitor: $300
      • Non-Profit or Government Agency: $150

      Regular Rate (Begins on Monday, September 18, 2023)

      • Exhibitor: $400
      • Non-Profit or Government Agency: $250

      Additional Sponsorship Opportunity: Provide a prize for winners of a drawing!


      If you’re interested in sponsoring, please email Trina Radske-Suchan at


      The content and information shared by exhibitors/vendors are those of the organization(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views nor endorsement of the Iowa Diabetes + Wellness Summit planning committee members and their respective organizations.


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      • A nonrefundable administrative fee of $20 will be charged for all cancellations.
      • No refunds will be given three (3) business days before the activity start date.
      • Canceled registrations can be transferred to another individual for the same activity.
      • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not receive any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to any other activity.