East Kentucky Diabetes symposium to be held in Hazard Nov. 3

The inaugural East Kentucky Diabetes Symposium will be held Friday, Nov. 3 in Hazard.

In Kentucky’s Appalachian counties, 16% of adults have diabetes, and the five area development districts with the highest mortality rates are in Eastern Kentucky, according to the 2023 Diabetes Report by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Personnel Cabinet.
The statewide rate was nearly 14%, reflecting the more than 486,000 Kentuckians who had diabetes in 2021. This rate has more than doubled since 2000, and another 12% of Kentuckians are at risk for developing diabetes.
Scheduled speakers at the symposium include:
· Dr. Steven J. Stack, commissioner, state Department for Public Health
· Barry Martin, CEO, Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky
· Dr. Kristen R. Stakelin, associate chief medical officer for specialty ambulatory services, Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK HealthCare
· Chlodys Johnstone, Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center
· Kim Bayes, diabetes prevention coordinator at UK King’s Daughters Hospital, Ashland

The symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky, 101 Town and Country Lane, Hazard. It is sponsored by Shaping Our Appalachian Region. The $25 registration fee covers all programming and a diabetic-friendly breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Register here.

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