JDRF and Novant Health Host TypeOneNation Summit, A Day of Education, Networking, and Inspiration for Families and Individuals Living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)


Scheduled from 8:15 am – 1:15 pm on March 21 at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, the Summit will include a variety of speakers covering many topics, some of which will also be of interest to people with type 2 diabetes


Stacey Simms, author and host of the award-winning “Diabetes Connections” podcast, will kick off the Summit with a morning keynote address, while the lunch keynote address will be given by JDRF Research Info Volunteer Brad Schur

Greensboro, North Carolina, March 10, 2020 – To help individuals and families living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) navigate the medical, social, physical, and psychological challenges of the disease, the Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF and Novant Health are hosting a TypeOneNation Summit at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem from 8:15 am – 1:15 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The TypeOneNation Summit is a national initiative of JDRF, one that builds on the Family Retreat concept pioneered by the Piedmont Triad Chapter more than 10 years ago. Families and individuals—of all ages and at all stages of their T1D journeys—will come together to make connections and to participate in educational and inspirational sessions about life with diabetes:

  • The keynote sessions and some breakout sessions will be of general interest to those living with diabetes (type 1 or type 2);
  • Other breakout sessions will be geared specifically to teens or adults living with T1D or to parents of children with T1D;
  • Children ages 5 to 12 will spend the day in a special Kids Camp; and
  • All attendees will be able to learn about the latest in diabetes treatments and technologies at a Health & Wellness Fair.

The Summit will begin with a keynote address by Stacey Simms, host of the award-winning Diabetes Connections podcast and author of The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom: Real-Life Stories of Parenting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes, published in October 2019. Simms, whose son was diagnosed with T1D before his second birthday in 2006, will also lead a “Parent Talk” breakout session and sign copies of her book.

Over lunch, JDRF Research Info Volunteer Brad Schur will share insights into research JDRF is funding around the world with the goal of curing T1D and improving the lives of everyone living with this disease. Schur’s son was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 8 in 2010, and Schur and his wife immediately dedicated themselves to helping JDRF achieve its vision of a world without T1D.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Parent Talk: World’s Worst Diabetes Mom, led by Stacey Simms, Host – Diabetes Connections podcast
  • Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Endocrinology Care, led by Courtney Edwards, PA – Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Know the Facts: Type 1 Diabetes vs. Type 2 Diabetes
  • Exercise and T1D, led by Ian Joyce, National Lead Volunteer – JDRF Peer-to-Peer Programs
  • Taking T1D to School, led by School Nurses Jennifer Scheibly, RN, and Tricia Peters, BSN, RN, NCSN – Guilford County
  • Diabetes Survival Skills and Self Care, led by Justin Reece, RN, and David Clayton, RN, CDE – Novant Health
  • T1D and Mental Health
  • Diabetes Technology Talk 101

At the end of the Summit, JDRF will present awards to local peer-to-peer fundraisers who participated in the Chapter’s One Walks, Ride to Cure Diabetes, and Triad Running Team.

Novant Health and Lilly Diabetes are sponsoring the TypeOneNation Summit.

Register online for the TypeOneNation Summit by March 18 at tinyurl.com/JDRFSummit2020. Tickets are $10 each (with a cap of $40/family); tickets include breakfast and lunch. Scholarships are available. You may also register by calling JDRF’s Piedmont Triad Chapter office at 336-373-1768.



About Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. The cause of this attack is still being researched; however, scientists believe the cause may have genetic and environmental components. T1D affects children and adults, and people can be diagnosed at any age. As of now, there is nothing anyone can do to prevent T1D, and there is no cure.


About JDRF: JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement, and our vision of a world without T1D. Learn more at jdrf.org or @JDRF on Twitter.

About JDRF – Piedmont Triad Chapter: Covering 15 North Carolina counties, the Piedmont Triad Chapter provides support for those living with type 1 diabetes by convening educational and networking sessions such as the annual TypeOneNation Summit, and raises awareness and funds for T1D research through a variety of events, including our annual Hope Gala; One Walks in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Alamance County, and High Point; the Ride to Cure Diabetes; and the Tennis to Tent to Tee event in Pinehurst. Learn more at jdrf.org/triadfacebook.com/jdrftriad, or @JDRFtriad on Twitter.

About Novant Health: Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities, and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,600 physicians and over 28,000 employees who provide care at over 640 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2019, Forbes ranked the organization first in North Carolina and 38th nationally on its 2019 Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked Novant Health third on its 2019 list of “Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work.” Novant Health provided more than $883 million in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2018. For more information, please visit our website at NovantHealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.