Iowa Diabetes + Wellness Summit

November 19, 2020



  • $40 - Both Days
  • $25 - One Day


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The 2020 Iowa Diabetes & Wellness Summit will take place virtually the mornings of November 12 and November 19. The two half days will each include a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities!

View the November 12 activity website.

We look forward to bringing this event to you all in a new format and making it accessible to folks who may not have been able to join previously. 


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

Target Audience

Public health professionals, physicians, podiatrists, nurses, advance practice nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, health coaches, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, pharmacists, diabetes prevention program facilitators, diabetes self-management education coordinators, and third-party payers.


All times listed are in Central Time.

8:15 amWelcome
8:30 amGot Cultural Humility? Communication with patients who are LGBTQ+
Caroline Woods, PA-C, MS, CMA
  • Define cultural humility and how it can improve communications with patients who are LGBTQ+.
  • List at least three effective ways to create an affirming environment for clients/patients.
  • Recognize how systems change advances inclusivity, decreases inequities, and improves health outcomes.
Remote Patient Monitoring: Using Telehealth to Improve Diabetes Care
Rae Hutchison
Mary DeVany
  • Identify HRSA programs and resources that may assist an organization with starting or expanding a telehealth program.
  • Identify how telehealth can be used to manage diabetes and provide patients with quality care.
  • Identify best practices and innovative models for remote patient monitoring.
Navigating Insurance Plan Coverage (Non-CME)
Marcus Miller
  • Describe insurance coverage variances.
  • Identify resources and options for patients.
  • Assist patients with maximizing their insurance benefits.
9:30 amBreak
9:45 amDiving Behind Type 2 Diabetes Reversal Headlines: What Do We Tell our Patients
Megan Munoz, RN, MSN, CMSRN, CDCES
  • Identify how reversal is defined and achieved across multiple studies, including gastric bypass studies.
  • Explore two biological reasons reversal patterns are difficult to sustain and the social messaging behind achievement and sustainability of those patterns.
  • List at least three ways to navigate patient questions about type 2 diabetes reversal or remission.
Diabetes in the Elderly
Paul Mulhausen, MD
  • Reference and use the AGS and the AMDA-PALTC Choosing Wisely® resources in the care of your older adult patients with diabetes.
  • Reference and use the American Diabetes Association’s Older Adults: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes - 2020.
  • Tailor your treatment programs for diabetes to meet the unique needs of your older adult patients.
  • Consider the role of lifestyle medicine in the management of your aging patients with Type 2 Diabetes mellitus.
Diabetes and Nordic Walking (NON-CME)
Claudia Mariano, MSc, NP-PHC
  • Review research-backed benefits of Nordic walking, including as it relates to the Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Discuss program implementation options within the community setting.
  • Provide basic overview of traditional Nordic walking technique versus Rehabilitation technique and their applications.
10:45 amBreak
11 amKeynote: Diabetes Management: It’s All in the Family! - A New Paradigm for Working with Children and Adults
Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW, CDECS
  • Differentiate between an individual versus a family/systems approach to working with patients with diabetes.
  • Identify two strategies for functionally assessing patients and families using The Family Approach to Diabetes Management.
  • Identify two strategies for intervening with patients using The Family Approach to Diabetes Management.
12 pmAdjourn
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 3.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 3.00 CPME
    • 3.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    11/19/2020 - 8:15am CST
    Event ends: 
    11/19/2020 - 12:00pm CST

    Mary DeVany
    Associate Director, Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center, Institute of Health Informatics, University of Minnesota

    Rae Hutchison
    Public Health Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration 

    Claudia Mariano, MSc, NP-PHC
    Manager, Practice and Policy, Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario

    Marcus Miller
    President and COO, Diabetic Equipment and Supplies, LLC 

    Paul Mulhausen, MD, FACP, AGSF
    Chief Medical Director, Iowa Total Care 

    Megan Munoz, RN, MSN, CMSRN, CDCES
    Diabetes Educator, UnityPoint Health and Creator and Host, Type2andYou Podcast 

    Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW, CDECS
    Diabetes Nurse Educator, Founder, and President, A Mile in My Shoes 

    Caroline Woods, PA-C, MS, CMA
    Psychiatry Physician Assistant and Master of Public Health Student, University of Iowa 

    Accreditation Statements

    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 3.0 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 (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 3.0 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 is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 3.0 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session within each day to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited. 
    • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education contact hour(s).
    • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


    No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


    The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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 commercial interest companies to disclose.

    • Julie Baker, MPA, CHCEF, Planning Committee Member
    • Mary DeVany, MS, Speaker
    • Laurene Hendricks, Planning Committee Member
    • Carol Hibbs, Planning Committee Member
    • Rae Hutchison, Speaker
    • Meredith Koob, Planning Committee Member
    • Kate LaFollette, RN, Planning Committee Member
    • Ann Loges, RN, Planning Committee Member
    • Bethany Maen, Planning Committee Member
    • Claudia Mariano, MSc, NP-PHC, Speaker
    • Andrew Minear, MPH, Planning Committee Member
    • Wendy Mobley-Buckstein, Planning Committee Member
    • Paul Mulhausen, MD, Speaker
    • Trina Radske-Suchan, PT, CSCS, FMSC, Planning Committee Member
    • Kady Reese, MPH, CPHQ, Planning Committee Member
    • Cari Seddon, MA, RDN, LD, CDCES, Planning Committee Member
    • Hannah Shultz, MA, Planning Committee Member
    • Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW, CDECS, Speaker
    • Caroline Woods, PA-C, MS, CMA, Speaker

    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have a conflict(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose.

    • Marcus Miller, Speaker, is an employee of Diabetic Equipment and Supplies, LLC.
    • Megan Munoz, RN, MSN, CMSRN, CDCES, Speaker, owns self-managed stock in Tandem and Dexcom.


    The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and 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

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

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    1. Space on a virtual BINGO card. Each sponsor will contribute 2-3 facts, questions, or insights unique to your organization. Participants will look up these facts on your websites and identify the appropriate business on their squares. To be eligible for a prize, participants must complete the full card.
    2. One handout in a virtual exhibit bag. Each sponsor can contribute a flier, educational material, or another item to be distributed electronically to Summit attendees.
    3. Two Summit registrations.

    Exhibitor fees


    Early Bird
    (before 9/30/20)

    Regular Rate
    (10/1/20 - 11/1/20)




    Non-profit or government agency



    Additional Sponsorship Opportunity: Provide a prize for winners of the BINGO drawing.

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


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