HealthMark Multimedia and MedStar Diabetes Institute to Present Workshop at 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators

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Program components and initial discussion group feedback on Diabetes: Living My Best LifeÂ?, an interactive, self-paced CD-ROM for African-American women with type 2 diabetes, will be presented by Janet Brown, MA, of HealthMark Multimedia and Gretchen Youseff, MS, RD, CDE, of the MedStar Diabetes Institute at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 32nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Friday, August 12, 2005.

American women with type 2 diabetes, will be presented by Janet Brown, MA, of HealthMark Multimedia and Gretchen Youseff, MS, RD, CDE, of the MedStar Diabetes Institute at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 32nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Friday, August 12, 2005.

This diabetes education project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was charged with developing a multimedia approach to diabetes education and intervention training that is sensitive to the cultural and self-management needs of African-American women. Gathered from participants in Medstar’s Diabetes for Life support group at the D.C. Public Library and New Endeavors, a transitional program for women, data include results from the Short Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (STOFHLA) as well as end users' reflections on the program’s accessibility and application to their personal diabetes self-management efforts.

HealthMark Multimedia is preparing to conduct a six-month evaluation with 60 participants in MedStar Diabetes Institute's Diabetes for Life Program. This evaluation will include a control group and compare pre- and post-data from the Summary of Diabetes Self-Care Activities (SDSCA) and the Diabetes Self- Efficacy Scale (DSES).

During the one-hour workshop diabetes educators will have the opportunity to examine multimedia-enhanced activities that build client knowledge and help them to develop and apply decision-making skills for their diabetes self-care. Highlighted program components include: a game on how to read nutrition labels, personal stories, tools for diabetes self-management, questionnaires, worksheets from the User's Guide, and printable fact sheets from the Living My Best Life™ program.

About the AADE 32nd Annual Meeting:

Monumental Opportunities: Diabetes Educators in Action, AADE's 32nd Annual Meeting at the Washington (DC) Convention Center from August 10-13, 2005, will offer over 125 sessions of the latest information on diabetes self-management training and care, including behavior change, nutrition, medication therapy, co-morbid conditions, and communication strategies.

About AADE:

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is a national organization with multidisciplinary members who are dedicated to advancing both the practice of diabetes self-management training for the health care of persons with diabetes, and also lifestyle management skills for the prevention of diabetes.

About MedStar Diabetes Institute:

The MedStar Diabetes Institute is dedicated to providing excellence in clinical care, patient education and clinical research for patients with diabetes and their family members within the culturally diverse environment of the Baltimore-Washington region. MedStar Health is a non-profit, community-based healthcare organization with seven affiliated hospitals, with headquarters located at: 5565 Sterrett Place, Columbia MD 21044. Telephone: 410-772-6500. Web site: http://www.medstarhealth.org.

About HealthMark Multimedia:

HealthMark Multimedia, LLC, a certified woman-owned business, combines graphics, audio, video, and text to develop award-winning interactive, user-friendly software and web sites for patient education, self-management, and decision making. HealthMark Multimedia uses an established network of medical experts, as well as patients and lay caregivers to review and test products for accuracy, relevance, and usefulness.

For further information about the company, its products, and licensing opportunities, contact HealthMark Multimedia: 1828 L Street, NW, #250, Washington, DC 20036; Telephone: 202-265-0033; Fax: 202-448-6188. HealthMark Multimedia's homepage: http://www.HealthMarkMultimedia.com.

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