JDRF Greater New England School Health Team Webinar Series

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Members of the school health team and other interested healthcare providers are invited to join us for three special educational webinars.

Understanding Type 1 Diabetes in the School Setting

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021
  • Presented by Lauren Connors, BSN, RN, Elementary and Middle School Nurse, Medford Public Schools, Living with T1D since 1988
    Lauren recently started her position as an elementary and middle school nurse in Medford Public Schools. Previously she worked as an elementary school nurse in Arlington Public Schools (APS) for the past six years. She served as the Diabetes Care Coordinator for APS where she works in collaboration with APS Nurses, T1D students and their caregivers. Lauren assists in developing care plans for students with diabetes as well as monitoring adherence, effectiveness and progress of plans. She facilitates and attends meetings between students, family/caregivers, individual school nurses, social workers, classroom teachers, Principals, and Endocrine teams as needed. In 2017, Lauren implemented a system where each student with T1D wearing a Dexcom CGM could be monitored via iPad from their school’s Health Office. Living with T1D for over thirty years allows her to share first-hand knowledge about all things related to T1D. In addition to a BSN, Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
  • RSVP required by Monday, September 27 at bit.ly/JDRFwebinar_9-28.

Supporting Children with Type 1 Diabetes, Learning Disabilities, and Psychosocial Challenges

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022
  • Presented by Ellen O’Donnell, PhD, Psychologist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Living with T1D since age 21
    Dr. O’Donnell is a Psychologist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  She specializes in working with children and adolescents with medical illness and has been affiliated with the Diabetes Center at MGHfC since 2007. Dr. O’Donnell provides consultation and support to patients and families from the Diabetes Center. She also specializes in neuropsychological assessment and is interested in understanding how having a learning disability or ADHD impacts a child’s ability to manage a chronic illness like diabetes. Dr. O’Donnell works with patients with a variety of pediatric illnesses, but is especially interested in the challenges of having T1D since she is living with the disease herself.
  • RSVP required by Monday, February 14 at bit.ly/JDRFwebinar_2-15.

Current Trends in Diabetes Technology

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022
  • Presented by Shannon Maguire Lessard, RN, CDCES – Shannon Maguire Lessard is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC)
    Shannon Maguire Lessard is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) at MassGeberal Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Along with a team of providers, Shannon works to support children and adolescents with diabetes, as well as their families and non-familial caregivers, from the time they are diagnosed to when they are ready to transition to adult care.
  • RSVP required by Monday, April 11 at bit.ly/JDRFwebinar_4-12.


The presentation will be given through a live virtual webinar. You will receive the Zoom link upon registration. All attendees will receive a certificate of participation following the webinar. The recording will also be shared following the presentation. For questions or more information, please contact Lauren Shields at 617-831-1128 or lshields@jdrf.org.