Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center hosts free events to benefit those affected by diabetes

11/12/12  Portland, Ore.

World Diabetes Day health screenings and the Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit designed to educate, connect and support

Diabetes is a rapidly growing disease; by the year 2050, one third of our nation’s population will likely be affected. Moreover, nearly 80 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, meaning they have a high risk of developing diabetes, and many people who have the disease are undiagnosed. As one of the premier academic medical centers on the west coast offering comprehensive diabetes care for children and adults, the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at Oregon Health & Science University is sponsoring two free events to help educate, connect and support those affected by diabetes.

The events are a part of Pacific Northwest Diabetes Health and Wellness Week, which is co-hosted by Novo Nordisk and the Chris Dudley Foundation in celebration of World Diabetes Day. On November 14, a free health fair to promote diabetes education and prevention will provide access to helpful resources as well as screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure other health indicators. The following Saturday, November 17, the center is hosting its Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit, where local and national experts will share the latest information on prevention and treatment in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. An added benefit associated with this year's summit is that there is no cost to attend!

Event details


Free Health Screenings — Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit — Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 S.W. Bond Avenue, Portland

Wednesday, Nov. 14—OHSU Free Health Screenings/World Diabetes Day

  • OHSU cardiovascular medicine experts will measure blood glucose, BMI (body mass index), cholesterol and blood pressure. 
  • Nurses and physicians will be on hand for test results consults.
  • Kendall Simmons, a Superbowl XL champion and former Pittsburgh Steeler, will explain how he tackled Type 1 diabetes.
  • Certified diabetes educators from NovoNordisk will discuss carbohydrate counting and food exchanges.
  • March wellness representatives will demonstrate their Medical Exercise Program.

Saturday, Nov. 17—2011 Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit
The summit includes lunch with an interactive session with Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef. Programs will be offered for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Topics include:

  • Managing your life with type 1 diabetes
  • Exercise and type 1 diabetes
  • Artificial Pancreas and other therapies of the future
  • Social Networking and connecting type 1
  • Eating healthy for type 2 diabetes without breaking the bank
  • Exercise and type 2 diabetes
  • Acknowledging (and feeding) the elephant in the room: success with managing type 2 diabetes

Read the full program or register for the Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit.

About the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU

The Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center was established in 2008 to enhance the lives of those affected by diabetes in the Pacific Northwest through unequalled personal care and education, improved medical provider education, innovative collaborations and advocacy for health and wellness. It is the only academic medical center west of the Rocky Mountains offering comprehensive diabetes care for children and adults at a single location. The Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center is made possible by a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University, Doernbecher Children's Hospital and the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation.