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Dr. Stephen Walker, CNSI Chief Medical Officer, Moderates Louisiana Diabetes Summit: “Meeting Our Challenge” in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on April 24, 2013″

Publish Date
05/07/2013
Author
CNSI

Conference Focused on the Challenge of Diabetes in LouisianaEnvironment & Health Council of Louisiana and Pennington Biomedical Research Center brought in expert speakers, most recent data, for educational eventBaton Rouge, LA – In partnership with the Pennington Biomedical research Center, the Environment & Health Council of Louisiana (EHCL) hosted a conference focusing on the most pressing challenges and concerns related to diabetes in Louisiana, as well as the most promising solutions and innovations available.

Conference Focused on the Challenge of Diabetes in LouisianaEnvironment & Health Council of Louisiana and Pennington Biomedical Research Center brought in expert speakers, most recent data, for educational eventBaton Rouge, LA – In partnership with the Pennington Biomedical research Center, the Environment & Health Council of Louisiana (EHCL) hosted a conference focusing on the most pressing challenges and concerns related to diabetes in Louisiana, as well as the most promising solutions and innovations available. The “Louisiana Diabetes Summit: Meeting our challenge” was held on April 24 in Baton Rouge at the C.B. Pennington Conference Center. Dr. Stephen Walker, CNSI Chief Medical Officer (CMO), moderated the event.The EHCL chose this topic because of its immediate concern to the health of Louisiana residents. Raising awareness, promoting prevention, and ensuring that diabetes patients get the best possible care are crucial to the health and wellbeing of Louisiana.

“Meeting Our Challenge brought great awareness to an audience that included community leaders, providers, payers and purchasers of healthcare, ” said Stephen Walker, MD, CNSI CMO. “Speakers included experts that are making a difference through prevention and early detection to reduce risk of complications.” Walker said that Lou Brock, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, came to the Summit to speak on behalf of others, like himself, who have Type 2 diabetes. Of diabetes, Brock said, “I’m in it, and I didn’t want to be in it. I still don’t want to be in it.”  But, said Brock, who works now to spread awareness of the disease, he doesn’t let it dominate his life. “Stay inside the bounds, inside the numbers, ” he said.  The Summit reached out to a lot of people who will be able to make a difference. The Diabetes Summit agenda included:Stephen B. Walker, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CNSI: Opening RemarksWilliam T. Cefalu, MD, Chief, Joint Program on Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Pennington Biomedical Research Center & LSUHSC School of Medicine: topic TBDTyler N. Carruth, Health Information Technology Coordinator, Louisiana Department Health & Hospitals: “The State of Diabetes in Our State”Anjum Khurshid, PhD, MD , Louisiana Public Health Institute and Kristin Lyman, JD, Crescent City Beacon Community Initiative: “Initiative Transforming Healthcare Delivery Through Care Coordination and Innovation in the Crescent City”David G. Carmouche, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana: “Redesigning Care Management in Support Of Better Chronic Disease Care”Lunch with speaker: Lou Brock, National Baseball Hall of FamePaul W. Grandon, MD, Medical Director, Delhi Critical Access Hospital: “Pre-diabetes Intervention Program of Northeast Louisiana”Matt M. Longjohn, MD, Senior Director, Chronic Disease Prevention Programs, Health Innovation, YMCA USA: “Development and Dissemination of Diabetes Prevention – Innovative Programs”Janet Mentesane and Katheryn Arterberry, FNP, DNP, Martin Luther King Health Center: “Implementing CDC Diabetes Prevention Program in Shreveport”Stephen B. Walker, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CNSI: Concluding RemarksThe Environment and Health Council of Louisiana is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to facilitate independent, balanced and factual assessment of health issues related to the environmental and economic wellbeing of Louisiana. A volunteer Board of Directors manages the EHCL.

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CNSI delivers a broad portfolio of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions to a diverse base of federal, state and local government agencies, and commercial enterprises. The firm helps clients improve business performance and align IT with their mission and business objectives. CNSI has established strong domain expertise in prominent industries, including Health, Defense and National Security, Government IT and Enterprise Mobility. CNSI employs a world-class team of technologists, program managers, and subject matter experts, all of whom have experience with large scale mission-critical IT implementations. Formed in 1994, CNSI is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with locations throughout the U.S. and India. Learn more about CNSI solutions at: http://www.cns-inc.com