Iowa Diabetes + Wellness Summit

Ankeny, IA US
November 5, 2024



  • 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 chronic condition that requires ongoing management to maintain overall health and prevent complications. 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, more than one in three adults in the United States has prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, more than 80% do not know they have it. For example, in Iowa, only 7.2 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. Diabetes care is important for maintaining overall health, preventing complications, and improving the quality of life for individuals with diabetes. It requires a comprehensive and personalized approach that includes medical management, lifestyle modifications, and ongoing support from healthcare professionals.


    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, BCACP, CDCES, CHWC, FAPhA, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Drake University

    8:45 am

    Keynote Address: Childhood Obesity

    Jennifer Groos, MD, FAAP, Iowa Primary Care Association

    9:45 amBreak and Exhibit Hall
    10:00 am

    Diabetes Prevention Program - Care Coordination and Sustainability through a Community Care Hub Model

    Alison Phillips, PhD, Iowa State University
    Trina Radske-Suchan, PT, CSCS, Iowa Community HUB

    10:45 am

    Update on Diabetes Medications and Reference to Guidelines

    Jamie Pitlick, PharmD, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Drake University

    11:30 amLunch and Exhibit Hall
    12:30 pm

    Effects of Diabetes-Related Stress on the Management of Glycemic Control

    Amisha Tayal, PharmD/MBA Candidate 2025, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Drake University

    1:15 pm


    Angela R. Mickens, BSN, BA, RN, UnityPoint Health

    2:00 pmBreak and Exhibit Hall
    2:15 pm

    The Alphabet Soup of Continuous Glucose Monitors

    Wendy Mobley-Bukstein, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES, CHWC, FAPhA, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Drake University
    Caressa Trueman, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM, College of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    3:00 pm

    Keynote Address

    4:00 pm 

    Question and Answer Session

    Wesley Franklin, MS, American Heart Association
    Cari Seddon, MA, RDN, LD, CDCES, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative

    4:15 pm

    Raffle Prizes

    4:15 pmAdjourn


    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
    • 6.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 6.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 6.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    11/05/2024 - 8:30am CST
    Event ends: 
    11/05/2024 - 4:15pm CST
    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


    Dr. Groos is a highly skilled and board-certified pediatrician with over 16 years of expertise. She is a valued team member at BEC Medical and is dedicated to providing exceptional care for children and families.

    Dr. Groos obtained her medical degree from the prestigious University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at the renowned University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital in Madison, WI. Her extensive training has equipped her with comprehensive knowledge and clinical proficiency in pediatric medicine.

    While at Blank Children's Hospital, Dr. Groos demonstrated her passion for child health by founding the innovative Healthy Kids Program. Now, she brings her invaluable experience and expertise to Primary Health Care at the BEC clinic, where she will be available to serve the community starting this summer.

    Beyond her clinical practice, Dr. Groos actively engages in community and legislative advocacy on important topics like healthy eating and active living. She is the lead faculty member for the National Childhood Obesity in Primary Care (COPC) Quality Improvement project, led by the prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics Institute on Healthy Childhood Weight (IHCW).

    Moreover, Dr. Groos leads the 5-2-1-0 Health Care Program in Iowa, demonstrating her commitment to promoting optimal health habits among children. As the co-chair of the COACH network (childhood obesity advisor) within the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity, she actively contributes to shaping policies and initiatives related to childhood obesity.

    Dr. Groos's remarkable dedication to pediatric healthcare extends beyond her clinical and advocacy roles. She served as the past president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and chair of the chapter committee on legislation. Additionally, she founded and chaired the chapter committee on obesity, further highlighting her commitment to addressing this critical health issue.

    In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Dr. Groos received the prestigious Iowa Medical Society Physician Community Service Award in 2018. This esteemed honor acknowledged her statewide efforts to promote child health and well-being.


    Biography is coming soon.


    Dr. Mobley-Bukstein is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is also a Diabetes Care and Educational Specialist at Primary Health Care Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center serving refugee, underserved, and uninsured populations in the Des Moines metropolitan area.


    Dr. Phillips is an Associate Professor and Director of the Healthy Habits Lab at Iowa State University. The lab aims to help individuals and their healthcare providers prevent and/or manage chronic illness. The lab aims to identify the universal and behavior-specific processes and mechanisms of health-habit development, create a communication system, and design interventions to promote healthy behaviors in the long term.


    Dr. Pitlick is an associate professor of Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She earned her PharmD from Drake in 2008 and then completed a pharmacy practice residency at Mercy Family Medicine with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Before returning to Drake, she was a Clinical Associate Professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Dr. Pitlick is involved in teaching diabetes content with a pharmacy practice site at Mercy Diabetes and Endocrinology Center.


    Ms. Radske-Suchan serves as the President/CEO of the Iowa Community HUB, a nonprofit Community Care HUB providing healthcare partners a system to extend beyond the clinic walls, making clinic-community linkages integral in better-serving individuals with complex social needs. She received her master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Iowa. She has dedicated most of her career to promoting and advocating for healthier lifestyles to reduce the severity of disease and disability. Ms. Radske-Suchan has helped lead statewide health initiatives addressing chronic disease and health disparities and promoting fall prevention in aging populations as the Co-Chair of the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition.   

    AMISHA TAYAL, PHARMD/MBA Candidate 2025

    Ms. Tayal is a rising third-year student pharmacist in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program who will graduate in 2025. Ms. Tayal recently completed a Regulatory Advertising and Promotion Summer Internship with Seagen, Inc. (formerly Seattle Genetics, Inc.) in Seattle, Washington. Seagen is a global multi-product biotechnology company developing and commercializing innovative cancer therapies.


    Dr. Trueman practices in ambulatory care at the Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE. Her primary focus is the comprehensive management of all types of diabetes, including blood sugar management, addressing comorbid disease states, and providing education and access to diabetes technologies. She also works with patients with other endocrine conditions, including panhypopituitarism and acromegaly. Her goal is to empower all patients to reach their therapeutic goals.


    • 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 Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) and Iowa Diabetes + Wellness Summit. DMU designates this live activity for 6.0 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 Medicine and Health Sciences (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 6.0 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 Medicine and Health Sciences is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 6.0 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 activity is designated for 6.0 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, or devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The activity director is responsible for determining educational content and selecting speakers.

    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
    • Wesley Franklin, MS - Planning Committee Member and Moderator
    • Vanessa Gray, MHA, CMP, CHCP - Planning Committee Member
    • Rachel Finkelstein Hoskins, PharmD - Planning Committee Member
    • Angela Mickens, RN, BSN - Speaker
    • Wendy Mobley-Bukstein, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES, CHWC, FAPhA - Activity Director, Planning Committee Member, and Speaker
    • Morgan Pavon, MS, RD, LD - Planning Committee Member
    • Trina Radske-Suchan, PT - Planning Committee Member and Speaker
    • Angie Schindler-Berg, LMHP - Planning Committee Member
    • Paula Secker-Johnston - Planning Committee Member
    • Cari Seddon, MA, RDN, LD, CDCES - Planning Committee Member and Moderator


    The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not a substitute for a healthcare provider's independent medical judgment regarding diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition. 

    Available Credit

    • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
    • 6.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 6.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 6.00 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.

    • Coming soon


    The 9th 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. 

    Download the exhibitor prospectus.


    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 Monday, September 23, 2024)

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

    Regular Rate (Begins on Tuesday, September 24, 2024 through Tuesday, October 29, 2024)

    • 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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        • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not receive any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to any other activity.