An Inter-Professional Continuing Education Course
The National Dental Association and the Center of Excellence Fall, 2015 Oral Health Conference.
The National Dental Association (NDA) the College’s Center of Excellence collaborated to present “Diabetes Teamwork: Collaboration, Coordination and Control”, a 3-hour continuing education course targeting all healthcare professionals.
The course was a success: the topic was timely; the presenters were excellent; and the course was well attended and well received!
The NDA/COE collaboration proved to be very effective. Hopefully, we will work together on future initiatives to address and positively impact health issues of our community.
Despite advances in health care and technology, diabetes in the U.S. is on an upward spiral. Glaring disparities still exist in some population groups as classified by age, sex, income, race/ethnicity.
This course, given on Saturday, October 17, 2015, focused on the roles and responsibilities of each health team member in providing patient-centered, coordinated care.
Actionable steps were presented to harness the collective energy of community partners and inter-professional health teams to stem the tide of diabetes across all age groups in targeted populations.
Physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals and health professions students.
Dr. Celeste Abraham - The Dental Professional's Perspective
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Dr. Abraham is an Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Stomatology Center. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland (College Park) in Biological Sciences, a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the Howard University College of Dentistry and a Master of Science in Oral Pathology and Diagnosis from the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry. She is the course director and instructor in both the graduate periodontal histopathology course and the dental hygiene pharmacology course at the Baylor College of Dentistry. She is also an adjunct professor at the Dental Hygiene Center, Collin County Community College District, and Central Park Campus in McKinney, Texas where she is the course director and instructor for pharmacology, general and oral pathology and selected oral medicine classes.
Ms. Daphine Taylor - The Pharmacist's Perspective
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Ms. Daphine Taylor earned her B.S. in Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston, MA in 1990. She was awarded her dual Masters of Business Administration and Public Health from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1998. She has worked in her profession for over 25 years in both hospital and community pharmacy. She is the wife of Dr. Reginald Taylor and the mother of two children, Daphanie and Nicholas Taylor. In her spare time, she enjoys empowering and enlightening all through the practice of yoga, diet education and spiritual wellness. She is also a certified and registered yoga teacher.
Ms. Anabelia Zurita - The Dietician's Perspective
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Ms. Anabelia Zurita is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian. She attended Texas Woman’s University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics. In 2014, she completed her dietetic internship at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Currently, Anabelia is working at the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute where she provides bilingual Medical Nutrition Therapy, teaches the Diabetes Self-Management Education Training classes and Healthy Eating and Exercise Lifestyle Program. She also serves on the Dallas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (DAND) Governing Board as the Community Outreach Coordinator and has worked on DAND’s partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi). In May 2015, she received the DAND’s Outstanding Board Member Award. Anabelia is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetic and Nutrition (LAHIDAN) and the Diabetes Care and Education DPG.
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