The American Diabetes Association’s “Safe at School” program is geared to ensure that the diabetes management needs of students are met so they are healthy and safe when they are at school, and all school sponsored activities. By working as a team, families, health care providers and school staff can make this a reality.
Younger and newly diagnosed students depend on school staff to monitor blood sugar and administer insulin. Other needs support as they self-manage. And all students need trained school staff who can recognize and treat high and low blood glucose and administer emergency glucagon.
We are pleased to offer the ADA’s Safe at School program at this year’s TypeOneNation Summit, led by Barbara Ortiz, MPA, ADA Director, Community Health Strategies and assisted by JDRF Outreach Coordinator, Gretchen Van Mater.
Barbara Ortiz serves as the Regional Director, Community Health Strategies of the American Diabetes Association, working in collaboration with community groups, health systems, health organizations, faith groups, corporations, foundations and health departments to deliver the association’s mission.
Barbara joined ADA in 2015, with a focus on mission engagement, mission delivery and advocacy. She is passionate about supporting children and adults with diabetes and helping to improve the lives of all those living with this devastating disease.
Barbara currently lives in Essex County with her husband and son.
Interested to learn more? Click here to register for TypeOneNation Summit and select “Keeping Your Children Safe at School” during the afternoon break out session.