TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - More than 20 people every hour of every day receive the often-shocking news: "you have diabetes". For both patients and families alike, it's a diagnosis that can lead
to confusion, fear, and so many questions. How will they manage their
own care? How can they ensure a healthier future?
There are so many diabetes-related websites and social media
conversations, it can be difficult to find answers amid all the rumours
and opinion. But now, a unique online community will enable Canadians
to share their experiences with each other and gain valuable insight and practical tips from health care professionals.
Diabetes Care Community, Canada's first social network and resource for families of those
living with someone with diabetes, is launching on September 15th, 2011. Diabetes affects lives, not only of the more than three million
Canadians living with this condition, but also of the estimated three
million more family and friends who play a key role as their
caregivers. Now they have an online community to help them support and
motivate their loved ones to better manage their condition.
"Diabetes Care Community has been created to connect Canadians with high quality information and
expert advice from leaders in the field of diabetes", says Shelley
Diamond, Pharmacist and President of the Diabetes Care Community Inc.,
"as well as to provide an area where members can connect to exchange
experiences and support one another. There are a few diabetes social
network sites in the U.S., but this is the first in Canada. The
difference is that Diabetes Care Community uses Canadian reference
values and refers to Canadian diabetes products which the user will be
able to identify with."
Diabetes Care Community is guided by a six member advisory board
[profiles attached]. Says board member Gail MacNeill, Manager,
Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes in Toronto, "Online social
networking provides people living with chronic diseases and their
supporters a wonderful opportunity to share experiences and provides
support to one another, yet the quality of the information in some of
these digital arenas may not be credible. We will ensure that Diabetes Care Community provides our audience with reliable and trustworthy information through
our expert bloggers as well as leadership from the advisory board,
while providing people an area to connect through a separate channel
within the site."
Site content include blogs from six leading health care professionals -
two physicians, a nurse, a dietitian, a pharmacist and a social worker
- writing about healthy eating, physical activity, emotional support,
medication, 'Staying on Track' and 'What's New'.
The Diabetes Care Community focus is on families of people living with diabetes, yet it will appeal
to all people involved in diabetes care - people with diabetes, their
support network, and health care providers. The website also features a
comprehensive list of available Canadian diabetes products through the
Canadian Diabetes Product Directory.
If you are interested in learning more about this exciting new health
care resource, please call Shelley Diamond at 416-913-0429 or send an
email to email@example.com. Shelley will be happy to talk with you and arrange for you to speak
to members of our Advisory Board or our bloggers (diabetes healthcare
professionals) for further details and comments. Stock images are also
available upon request.
DIABETES CARE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
Ian Blumer is a diabetes specialist in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Blumer is a
member of the executive of the Canadian Diabetes Association. He is the
recipient of the Canadian Diabetes Association Special Dedication
Award. He is a director of the Charles H Best Diabetes Centre and has a
teaching appointment with the University of Toronto. He is the author
or co-author of 8 books including Diabetes for Canadians for Dummies,
Diabetes Cookbook for Canadians for Dummies, Celiac Disease for
Dummies, and has recently published his first novel. His books have
been translated into French and Chinese. Dr. Blumer's web site is www.ourdiabetes.com.
Dr. Cheng is a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at
Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga and St. Michael's Hospital in
Toronto and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at
the University of Toronto. She completed medical school, internal
medicine and Endocrinology training at the University of Toronto and
has completed the Master Teacher Program offered through the Department
of Medicine. She has served on the Expert Committee for the 2003
Canadian Diabetes Association clinical practice guidelines and the
Steering and Expert Committees for the 2008 revision, along with the
Dissemination & Implementation committee. She is serving as Chair for
the 2013 CDA clinical practice guidelines. In addition to guideline
development, Dr. Cheng has co-written several textbook chapters on
dyslipidemia, diabetes and other endocrine topics and is actively
involved in continuing medical education.
Shelley Diamond graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University
of Toronto. Following graduation she pursued a pharmacy residency at
The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where she worked as a
clinical pharmacist for 10 years in general pediatric medicine and
subsequently started the Drug Use Evaluation Program at the hospital.
Since 1995, Shelley began her own independent pharmacy consulting
company where she has consulted to Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw
Corporations Limited and several other pharmaceutical companies.
Shelley's work has involved developing and marketing patient and
pharmacist education programs in the areas of children's health, asthma
and diabetes and she has published articles in this area as well.
Joanne Lewis is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator,
working as Outreach Facilitator with the Toronto Central Diabetes RCC.
Her responsibilities include coordination of diabetes services in the
Toronto area. Joanne has previously worked with collaborative and
multidisciplinary diabetes education teams in both community and
hospital settings. Her focus for the past 17 years has been in diabetes
self-management education. Joanne has developed and facilitated
education programs for health professionals at The Michener Institute
and is a faculty member of the Ontario Pharmacists Association in their
Nutrition, Cardiovascular and Diabetes programs. She has served as an
advisor and reviewer for several organizations, including the
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Canadian Journal of
Diabetes. Joanne has presented at national and international diabetes
conferences and workshops.
Gail is a clinical nurse specialist and the manager of the Leadership
Sinai Center for Diabetes at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto. She has over
20 years experience in diabetes self-management education and treatment
working in hospital, clinic, community and corporate settings. As a
Certified Diabetes Educator, Gail has been a passionate advocate for
the highest quality education to be available to all. She is the
co-recipient of the Bayer Award for Educational Innovation due to her
shared research and program entitled "Support the Supporters" and in
2008 Gail was honoured with the Educator of the year award by the
Canadian Diabetes Association. Her volunteer work includes being
chairperson of the Toronto Chapter of the Diabetes Educator Section and
co-chair of the Scarborough chapter of the CDA. Gail is a clinical
associate at the University of Toronto.
Gwen Morgan is a Social Worker with over 20 years experience working
with people with diabetes, and other chronic illness, in hospital care
settings. Gwen specialized in running workshops on stress management
and positive coping with diabetes. Along with Gail MacNeill, she
received the Bayer Award for the 'Support the Supporters Program'.
This was a program that uniquely focused on the families and friends of
people who have diabetes, and how they could best support the person
with diabetes, while at the same time meeting their own needs for
emotional support. Gwen has extensive training in solution-focused,
motivational and mindfulness therapies. She teaches mindfulness
meditation and facilitates the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress
Reduction groups for people living with pain, chronic illness and
Image with caption: "Logo for Diabetes Care Community. Learn, connect and care. ANNOUNCING www.diabetescarecommunity.ca : CANADA'S FIRST SOCIAL NETWORK AND ONLINE RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF PEOPLE WITH DIABETES (CNW Group/Diabetes Care Community)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110920_C2368_PHOTO_EN_3162.jpg
For further information:
Shelley Diamond, (416) 913-0429, firstname.lastname@example.org