Health Organizations Partner For Juvenile Diabetes Outreach In Westchester

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Rubina Heptulla, M.D., chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore helps a youngster. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y.  -- The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Westchester County Chapter announced a two-year partnership to collaborate on community outreach and educational programs to improve the health outcomes of pediatric patients with Type 1 diabetes (T1D).

As part of the  partnership, clinicians from the Bronx hospital's Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes will present a monthly parent meetings facilitated by the research foundation The meetings cover a variety of topics relating to the care of children with Type 1 diabetes such as nutrition, medication and devices and psycho-social issues. Families are able to ask questions, discuss concerns and share experiences with the healthcare professionals and each other.

Another element of the new partnership is the School Nurse Education Program. Nurse Practitioners from the hospital will lead educational programs and provide practical, hands-on guidance to school nurses throughout the 33 school districts in Westchester. The full-day programs provide in-depth training on how to check blood sugar levels, operate pump devices and manage care for children with diabetes in the school environment.

“T1D impacts thousands of people throughout Westchester,” said Margie Ostrower, Executive Director, Westchester County Chapter of JDRF. “Working with [Children’s Hospital at Montefiore] clinicians will allow us to target the disease on a local level, reinforcing our commitment to improving the lives of people with T1D and emphasizing our position as a leading global organization focused on T1D research.”

JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of Type 1 diabetes research, with more than $530 million currently invested in research projects worldwide. JDRF efforts have helped to advance the scientific understanding of Type 1 diabetes with the goal of improving the lives of all people affected by the disease and eventually delivering a world without Type 1 diabetes.

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