Professional Development & Continuing Education

We like to help keep our members stay up-to-date on the latest trends in health education. To do this, we hold an annual conference (a full-day event where you can typically expect to earn 5 CHES/MCHES credits) and an annual training session (typically a half-day event with 1-3 CHES/MCHES credits available). Past training materials can be found in our archive

**NEW** GLC-SOPHE is offering several live stream webinars this month that will focus on creative partnerships and diabetes education. The short series will consists of two webinars during the month of December. Each webinar will have a specific focus that addresses issues facing public health today. CHES credit will be possible for participants.

Upcoming Webinars

Creative Partnerships to Build Systems of Care

December 8, 2020 @ 12 noon EST
Joel Hoepfner B.S., CPC (bio)

Session Abstract

This session will introduce and explore behavioral health prevention, wellness promotion and the systems work that is involved in impacting the health of populations over time. We will discuss the definition of systems, how they function independently and interdependently or collectively within our communities and the consideration around systems thinking. We will discuss the Strategic Planning Framework as well as explore opportunities and provide examples for creative partnerships within and across systems. The emphasis will be on moving towards systems thinking in our collective approach to local, regional and state-wide public health initiatives.

Learning Objectives

  1. Individuals will be able to explain what types of initiatives are included within behavioral health prevention and wellness promotion

  2. Individuals will be able to define systems of care and systems thinking

  3. Individuals will be able to recognize the 5 steps of the Strategic Planning Framework

Evaluation of the SEEDS Diagnostic Tool in Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Care

December 15, 2020 @ 6pm EST

Erica M. Farr, MPH, CHES (bio)

Session Abstract

The purpose of this session is to identify how a screening tool concerning the quality of life, thoughts, and feelings for patients living with Type 1 Diabetes can be utilized in a clinical or educational setting. The Screening for Early Eating Disorder Signs (SEEDS) diagnostic tool was used exclusively for the study discussed in this session. The SEEDS diagnostic tool was created for the patient population living with Type 1 Diabetes but can be generalized to many chronic conditions. This session stems from the study results that revealed the SEEDS Diagnostic Tool's awareness and utilization were low in the clinical care of patients with Type 1 Diabetes. We will recognize the gap in clinical care that currently exists concerning the emerging eating disorder of Diabulimia. The clinical presentation of diabetes distress, mental health, and the lack of overall well-being education of patients with chronic illnesses.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify Type 1 Diabetes and understand the implications of the chronic disease on the public health system.

  2. Define the term Diabulimia and understand why this disturbed eating occurs and is specific to Type 1 Diabetes.

  3. Identify the Screening for Early Eating Disorder Signs (SEEDS) diagnostic tool.

  4. Examine the benefits of the SEEDS diagnostic tool in the care of T1D patients.

  5. Discuss how diabetes educators who utilize the SEEDS diagnostic tool see a decrease in diabulimia diagnosis in T1D patients.

Annual Conference

Connecting Communities Throughout Michigan

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