Diabetes: A National Plan for Action. Town Hall Meetings


Three town hall meetings provided public forums for the Secretary to listen to comments from the diabetes community. The information gathered in these forums helped to inform the development of NDAP.

The general structure of each town hall meeting consisted of a half-day session, which opened with an introduction by the Secretary or a senior HHS official. This was followed by a series of statements from HHS staff and invited national, state, and local experts and policymakers on diabetes data concerning prevention, detection, and treatment, for each of the town hall meetings respectively. The presentations were followed by an open-microphone session where individuals and representatives of the diabetes groups asked questions or made comments.

The meetings were advertised through local newspapers (including newspapers with high minority readership) and radio. In addition, letters of invitation were sent to local groups and leaders in the diabetes community, public health sector, and health services field. Both a Web site and a toll-free telephone line were provided for participants to register and obtain additional information.

The town hall meetings were held in different locations around the country and each focused on a different facet of diabetes:

Putting Prevention Into Practice: A Diabetes Town Hall Meeting
The Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati, Ohio
March 29, 2004

Expert Panel:

Secretary Thompson
Allen Spiegel, MD,
Director, NIDDK
The Honorable Jennette Bradley, Lieutenant Governor and Director of Commerce for Ohio
J. Nick Baird, MD, Director, Ohio Department of Health
James Holsinger, PhD, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health Services, Kentucky
Steve Collier, Superintendent, Norwood City Schools
Jerry Mallicoat, Vice President of Midwest Marketing, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Francine Kaufman, MD, Past President, The American Diabetes Association
Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999


Diabetes Detection and Education: Steps to a HealthierUS
Doubletree Hotel
Little Rock, Arkansas
June 18, 2004

Expert Panel:

Secretary Thompson
The Honorable Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas
Allen Spiegel, MD, Director, NIDDK
Donald A. Young, MD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy/ASPE
Jane Kelly, MD, Program Director, National Diabetes Education Program, CDC
Fay Boozman, MD, MPH, Director, Arkansas Department of Health
Virginia Zamudio, RN, MSN, CDE, President, American Association of Diabetes Educators
Victor H. Gonzalez, MD, National Board Member, American Diabetes Association
Simmie Armstrong, Jr., MD, Pine Bluff Family Medical Center, Arkansas


Treatment of Diabetes:Steps to a HealthierUS
Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington
July 26, 2004

Expert Panel:

Secretary Thompson
George R. Nethercutt, Jr, JD, U.S. House of Representatives, Chairman of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus
Michael O’Grady, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS
Allen Spiegel, MD, Director, NIDDK
Mary Selecky, Secretary, Washington Department of Health
Francine Kaufman, MD, Past President, The American Diabetes Association
Steven Kahn, MB, ChB, Director of Research and Development, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Gerald Nepom, MD, PhD, Director, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
Joe Finkbonner, R.Ph, MHA, Director of the Epidemiology Center, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Bradley J. Enegren, Vice President and General Manager, Research and Development, Medtronic, Inc.
Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999
Angela Bartels, RN, BSN, Diabetes Coordinator, 45th Street Medical Clinic

In total, approximately 1,200 people attended the three town hall meetings. The participants represented a broad cross-section from the diabetes community, including people living with diabetes and their friends and family members; people at risk for diabetes who have been successful making behavioral changes; health care providers; physicians; people who have worked with persons with diabetes; experts, public health practitioners, and researchers; legislators; diabetes advocacy groups; and private-sector entities.

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