will feature two sessions focused on
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma-informed care.
Set to begin on April 5th, 2021, the 4-week virtual symposium will include tracks on:
The Nuts and Bolts of Diabetes Care
Health Equity in Diabetes Care
Counseling in Diabetes Care
Disordered Eating in Diabetes Care
As part of the Health Equity in Diabetes Care track, our founder, Christine Cowart, will present a talk on Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences, which will describe the link between ACEs and other forms of trauma to diabetes. Practitioners will learn how common ACEs and trauma are, and explore how they can impact a person's ability to manage their blood sugar. They will hear how they can help build their client's resilience over time, to help them overcome common difficulties and poor health outcomes. The following week will include a talk on trauma-informed care for diabetes control, as part of the Counseling in Diabetes Care track.
The vision of WN4DC is to decrease the disease burden of people with diabetes, by addressing health inequity caused by weight bias and stigma. The organization is dedicated to providing professionals with scientific, evidence-based research to support this goal in the care and treatment of individuals with diabetes. The inclusion of ACE science and trauma-informed care in this year's symposium marks a recognition of the physical impact of trauma and the corresponding negative health outcomes that can result. Christine will delve into the scientific evidence of these connections and explain how helping patients build resilience can interrupt these negative outcomes and improve their self-care and overall health.