Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County Hosts Second Annual Diabetes Symposium

Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County Hosts Second Annual Diabetes Symposium


May 23, 2017 – Jupiter, FL – Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County, in collaboration with Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. and Jupiter Medical Center, hosted its second annual Diabetes Educational Symposium on April 28. The symposium was for health care providers and professionals and was held at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter.


“The Many Faces of Diabetes” focused on examining the full spectrum of diabetes recognizing that this disease impacts all ages, races, ethnicities, and income levels. The symposium highlighted today’s professional strategies in prevention, education, research, and technology, and looked at future “cutting-edge” initiatives that are currently being studied.


Dr. Alina Alonso, Director of the Health Department of Palm Beach County and Vice Chair of Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Trustees, “set the stage” by addressing the far-reaching and devastating impact of Diabetes in Palm Beach County. Barbara Jacobwitz Health Services Administration Chair at Keiser University and Secretary of Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Trustees, further reinforced the disease’s effect through a cumulative data analysis presentation spanning the last four years, which also illustrated the positive impact of diabetes risk assessment screenings and when needed, early follow-up medical care.


The symposium’s Keynote Speaker was Dr. Wendy Satin Rapaport, Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Diabetes Research Institute at University of Miami. Dr. Rapaport discussed proven strategies for the “prevention of burnout in patients and providers-increasing effectiveness.”


In recognition of the Successful Community Initiatives in Palm Beach County, an overview of three successful programs that have made a positive impact on prevention, treatment, and control of diabetes for individuals and their families was presented.


  • “Healthier Together: Community Solutions to Complex Health Problems”

Abigail “Abby” Goodwin, MS in Global Public Health and Anthropology, Vice President, Grants & Community Investments; Palm Healthcare Foundation

  • “Training Effective Community Health Worker Care Coordinators (CHW) – What Skills are Needed?”

Karen Harwood, MS, Project Access Care Coordinator; Palm Beach County Medical Society

  • “The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program”

Robin Nierman, MS, Director of Health Strategies; YMCA of South Palm Beach County



Additional Featured Speakers included:

  • Dr. Anutosh Chakraborty, Assistant Professor of Metabolism and Aging at The Scripps Research Institute in Scripps, Florida
  • Patricia McDonald, Associate Scientific Director of Discovery Biology, Translation Research Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Florida
  • Marile Santamarina, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • John Wyrick, Scent Imprint for Dogs, K-9 and Service Dog (Diabetes Alert Dogs) Training Center


About the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County: The Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County is an alliance of healthcare organizations and community partners that was initiated in 2010 by Palm Healthcare Foundation. Working together, the coalition aims to prevent diabetes and improve the lives of those living with or those who are touched by the disease.


About Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Founded in 2001, Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is known for solving critical healthcare issues through creative community-wide collaboration. The foundation’s “Healthier Together” initiative strives to improve the quality of life in targeted neighborhoods.


The foundation is committed to finding ways for inspired giving and thoughtful funding to generate lasting change. It has invested over $70 million to support over 130 organizations. For more information on Palm Healthcare Foundation, visit www.palmhealthcare.org or call (561) 833-6333.



Danielle Quintero