Join the T1D Community at Denver TypeOneNation Summit


As we hit publish on this post, there are just 19 DAYS until the return of TypeOneNation Summit to the Denver type 1 diabetes (T1D) community!

We invite you to join us on the morning of Saturday, March 25, on the Colorado School of Mines campus in beautiful Golden for an opportunity to learn more about who JDRF is, how we serve the greater T1D community and connect with fellow members of this community.

Back this year is youth programming! Kids Camp and Teen Time is programming specifically tailored to kids and teens living with T1D (and their siblings and friends!), while parents and caregivers sit in on breakout sessions. Kids Camp is for youth in grades kindergarten through 7th, and Teen Time is for teens in grades 8th through 12th. In order to participate, parents and caregivers must reserve the correct amount of applicable tickets upon registering.

We are excited to host local experts and leaders in the T1D community, who will be presenting on a range of topics affecting all ages and stages of T1D.

So what can I expect on event day?


8:00am-8:30am | Check-in

Attendees are encouraged to begin checking in at 8:00am.

Take some time to visit the vendor fair, and meet folks who can share the latest updates on T1D tech and get introduced to other organizations working to make a difference in the T1D community.

8:30am-9:00am | Welcome & Keynote

Make sure you’ve found your seat in the main hall to hear a special welcome message from the Mountain West Chapter’s new Executive Director, Ellen Penrod, on behalf of JDRF.

Then, our opening keynote will be presented by Nikki Farnsworth, Ph.D.

Dr. Farnsworth currently works as an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, as well as an Affiliate Member and Adjunct Professor at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC). Her lab is currently funded by JDRF; the American Diabetes Association (ADA); the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK); the NIH Diabetes Research Center; and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her keynote will cover what a day in the life of JDRF-funded researcher looks like.

9:00am-9:10am | TRANSITION

Start making your way to your first chosen breakout session.

Parents and caregivers with children registered for Kids Camp or Teen Time will check their children in during this time.

9:10am-9:50am | Breakout Session #1 (choose 1)

  1. You’re Taking Care of Them; Are You Taking Care of You?, presented by Jenna Eisenberg, LMFT, Denver Diabetes Counseling
    • Jenna Eisenberg has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Colorado and California since 2009. Diagnosed with T1D at just 13 months old while her family was living in Texas, Jenna became a patient of the BDC at the age of 9. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Texas, Austin and her Master of Science in Counseling from San Francisco State University, she went on to practice in various bilingual therapeutic settings. She opened her own private practice in 2015, Denver Diabetes Counseling, where she focuses on the physical, emotional and mental treatment and support of those affected by both T1D and T2D.
  2. Living & Thriving with T1D: The Female Perspective, presented by Zehra Haider, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the BDC Adult Clinic
    • Zehra Haider, MD, has been practicing medicine for almost 15 years. Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Haider completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. During her 8 years practicing as an internist, she saw a rise in the number of patients with diabetes, but not enough specialized providers to serve them all. She switched to practicing as a diabetologist while at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, and she has recently joined the staff in the adult clinic at the BDC. She believes in empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to live a fulfilling life with diabetes.

9:50am-10:10am | TRANSITION

Take a bathroom break, stretch your legs or visit the vendor fair before making your way to your second chosen breakout session.

10:10am-10:50am | Breakout Session #2 (choose 1)

  1. Taking Diabetes to School, presented by Andrea Houk, RN, CDCES, Executive Director of Diabetes Resource Nurses of Colorado, Inc.
    • Andrea Houk has been a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (ADCES) since 2004. Diagnosed with T1D at the age of 13, she spent 8 years trying to manage her disease exclusively with dietary choices. While in college, she finally decided to get professional help at the BDC. Her experiences have helped her truly understand the importance of being well-educated on diabetes and having the tools necessary to live well with a complex disease. Not only does she now serve as Executive Director of Diabetes Resource Nurses of Colorado, Inc., where she helps ensure safe, evidence-based care for children with diabetes in all Colorado schools, she also works as a personal coach to help people learn how to manage their diabetes in practical ways.
  2. Learning & Communicating Your Workplace T1D Rights, presented by Luis Ambroggio, JD, General Manager of Contracts and Compliance for International SOS Government Services
    • Luis Ambroggio recently earned his Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of Denver. Previously, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Cornell University and his Master’s of Business Administration from Virginia Tech. He is currently responsible for managing, overseeing and monitoring International SOS and its subcontractors’ compliance and contract performance in support of various government clients. Through it all, he has lived with T1D since the age of 11 and has been involved with three separate chapters of JDRF, supporting individuals and families on their own T1D journeys.

10:50am-11:00am | TRANSITION

Make your way back to the main hall for our closing remarks.

Parents and caregivers with children at Kids Camp or Teen Time are required to check them out at this time.

11:00am-11:20am | Closing Keynote & Closing Remarks

Make sure to be back in your seats in the main hall to hear our closing keynote, continued by Dr. Farnsworth.

11:20am-11:30am | Wrap-up

Say hi to any vendors, volunteers or staff you might have missed before heading home.

So how do I secure a spot?

Register for your General Admission, Kids Camp and Teen Time spots here!

Do you have any questions? Reach out to Andrea at

We’ll see you there!