171386 Bridging the gap: Diabetes: A hands-on classroom guide for educators & schools

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 10:45 AM

Erika L. Chapman, MPH, CPH, CHES , Division of HIV, STD, Viral Hepatitis, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, IN
Kandeh Kamara, MPH Candidate , School of Medicine Department of Public Health, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Staraya A. McKinstry, MPH Candidate , School of Medicine Department of Public Health, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Joan Henkle, DNS, RN , School of Medicine Department of Public Health, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Sarah Noel, Preceptor , Indiana State Chapter, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Indianapolis, IN
Patrick Perry, MPH , School of Medicine Department of Public Health, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) many schools in Indiana lack school personnel and nurses adequately trained to coordinate the necessary care for youth with type 1 diabetes in the school environment. As a result, JDRF has found that some students inadvertently face discrimination, largely due to lack of knowledge about type 1 diabetes and how to care for children living with the disease. The JDRF launched an effort, enlisting the expertise of MPH students from the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Public Health, to develop a user-friendly, easy-to-understand educational guide for teachers and school staff to address the needs and issues that children with type 1 diabetes face in the school environment. Diabetes: Hands-On Classroom Guide for Educators & Schools is the result of this effort.

Legislation passed in Indiana ensures that public schools are responsive to the medical and education needs of students with diabetes. Spearheaded by the advocacy organizations, students, parents, and the diabetes healthcare community, the act allows school personnel to be trained in diabetes care appropriate for the student and allows students to self manage their diseaseóroutine self-care previously prohibited in some Indiana schools. The Act also establishes that the student's health care teamódoctors, parents, and school nurseódevelop a diabetes management and treatment plan and that the school's responsibilities are clearly stated.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the efficacy and process of establishing a statewide system for the provision of health care for students and families caring for chronic illness within the school setting. 2.Recognize the process for development of the Indiana Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Diabetes: A Hands On Guide for Educators & Schools. 3. Explain how to develop a plan for establishment and utilization of health guides for use in school and community settings.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Masters of Public Health (MPH) candidate at Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Public Health. I participated in the development of this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.