The American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced a collaboration deal with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that will see the two organizations jointly seek ways of countering the increase in diabetes amongst young people. The deal that was announced early September this year would involve some of the most experienced pediatricians including Dr. Mark Holterman of the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. Mark has been on the forefront in the attempt to get more effective and improved medicine for treating type 2 diabetes as well as other chronic diseases.
According to the organizers, the collaboration will come up with a program dubbed Camp Power Up (https://angel.co/markjholterman). The program will bring together knowledge and evidence around type 2 diabetes, and then use it to formulate a curriculum that kids between the age of 8 and 16 can use to keep diabetes away. The curriculum will give an elaborate description of the foods kids of this age should avoid as well as the physical exercises that they should engage in to be safe. Dr. Mark Holterman realizes that teenagers are vulnerable to this type of diabetes due to their peculiar eating habits.
Mental Health Provider Diabetes Education Program
Besides the Camp Power Up, ADA organizes and takes part in other programs that seek to curb the rising cases of diabetes. Mental Health Provider Diabetes Education Program is one of the other programs that the organization sponsors, where Dr. Mark Holterman and his colleagues help people to fight diabetes. The program is a collaborative venture between ADA and the American Psychological Association and has been funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Mark and colleagues look into ways that they can help people to navigate the diabetes management process by shouldering some of their psychosocial challenges. They achieve this by holding a face-to-face interactive session with patients for a 7-hour duration and following that up with an online course that takes not less than 5 hours.
About Dr. Holterman
Dr. Mark Holterman is among the great pediatric surgeons in America. He studied at the University of Virginia and graduated with a Ph.D. in Medicine and Immunology. He applies his knowledge in teaching at the University of Illinois.
Besides teaching and serving under ADA, Holterman is also the CEO of Mariam Global Health. He has been running the organization for five years now.