Nov 4 - 5, 2022

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Informative sessions

Listen from subject matter experts as well as community group panelists

About Diversity in Diabetes?

Diversity in Diabetes (DiD) is a community-based 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness and providing solutions to end health disparities and the lack of representation in the diabetes space. Find out more by visiting


time iconNovember 4, 2022 10:00 am

The Tea on Diabetes Policy & Advocacy

speaker headshot Erika B. Emerson

speaker headshot Amanda Kaufman

speaker headshot Edward Hawthorne

A review of the diabetes policy landscape, and how you can influence legislators to act on behalf of the diabetes community. We will review the latest on insulin pricing, CGM access, medication approvals and even stigma that is on the docket at both state and federal levels, and give you insight and tips to become part of the process.

time iconNovember 4, 2022 11:00 am

Creating a Culturally Responsive Treatment Plan

speaker headshot Raj Sundar

Culturally responsive care is a critical part of Diabetes care, but clinicians are often unaware of the history and culture of local communities to personalize healthcare recommendations according to patients' values and beliefs. We know that patients are less likely to comply with treatment if it's not culturally appropriate, and it can lead to patient mistrust and provider disengagement. I've recently started on a journey as a clinician to understand my local community's history and culture and will share several lessons from my podcast about what it means to be culturally responsive related to diabetes care. (

time iconNovember 4, 2022 12:00 pm

Diabetes Treatment Options

speaker headshot Avantika Waring MD
9am Health

People living with diabetes represent the diversity of the communities where we exist. As physicians and clinicians, we guide people to what the medical community tells us are the "best" treatment options for patients in general. Unfortunately, people of color are often underrepresented in studies and therefore the data don't always address the differences between social, ethnic, and cultural groups. What's more, so much of the medical education we are trained to provide is biased by the dominant culture and less accessible to diverse communities. I will outline some strategies clinicians and diabetes care providers can use to flexibly adapt treatment plans for their richly diverse community of patients by way of real-world case studies. I will encourage people living with diabetes and their advocates to empower themselves to ask for a personalized approach to treatment options from their providers.

time iconNovember 4, 2022 01:00 pm

Advancing Health Equity with Culturally Relevant Nutrition

speaker headshot Constance Brown-Riggs

Nutrition plays a significant role in advancing health equity. Studies have shown that when people adopt a more westernized diet, their susceptibility to health problems increases. Reclaiming traditional cultural cuisines and adopting a healthy eating pattern such as The African Heritage Diet and Latin American Heritage Diet can play a crucial role in bridging the health equity gap in people of color with diabetes. This presentation will provide a new solution-oriented, perspective and pathway to transforming the health of African and Latin descendant populations, by helping them to understand better the big picture of what a “healthy diet’ means, by celebrating the eating patterns and foods of their heritage.

time iconNovember 4, 2022 02:00 pm

Acupuncture Anyone? How Traditional Chinese Medicine can Benefit People Living with Diabetes

speaker headshot Gazania McCoy

The goal of the presentation is to bring awareness of how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can benefit diabetes patients with diabetes distress, symptoms and improve insulin resistance. Encourage people to add Acupuncturist to their Diabetes health care team.

time iconNovember 4, 2022 03:00 pm

Co-Designing for TechQuity

speaker headshot Deyshna Pai

This past summer, Student Product Designers at the UCSD Design Lab’s Diabetes Design Initiative worked on a design sprint concerned with the topic of TechQuity — “the strategic development and deployment of technology to advance health equity.” 

“Co-Designing for TechQuity” explores how 15-minute conversations between patients and providers can shape one’s health experience. UC San Diego senior, Cognitive Science student, and Product Designer Deyshna Pai, recaps the development of her team’s “Humans of Diabetes Magazine” and shows us how human-centered design can help facilitate more meaningful ways to navigate our health journeys. 

time iconNovember 4, 2022 04:00 pm

Remission vs Reversal? That is the Question

speaker headshot Megan Muñoz

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) remission can be a polarizing and divisive topic. References in national and international guidelines give remission studies validity. At the same time, people with diabetes fall prey to scams claiming to “reverse” or “cure” diabetes. In our role as diabetes experts, it can be difficult to know how to help those with diabetes navigate these murky waters.
At the surface, T2D remission headlines are exciting. Improvements in insulin production and reduction in medication use are a few of the benefits highlighted. However, it’s important to understand the data behind the headlines-- how remission is defined and results achieved, context and interventions across various studies, and ethical dilemmas that arise from this growing body of research.

time iconNovember 5, 2022 10:00 am

Adulting and Diabetes

speaker headshot Kylene Redmon

speaker headshot Khamila Renshaw

speaker headshot Mariah Rankine-Landers

speaker headshot Matthew Tarro

time iconNovember 5, 2022 11:30 am

Navigating Relationships and Diabetes

speaker headshot Grace Silverio

speaker headshot Lourdes

speaker headshot Liz Cambron-Kopco

time iconNovember 5, 2022 12:30 pm

Greek Life and Diabetes

speaker headshot Shay Webb

speaker headshot Dr. Phyllisa Deroze

speaker headshot Cameron Hall

speaker headshot Donn Kirkland

speaker headshot Anisha Richardson

speaker headshot Sarah Shado

speaker headshot Lexie Peterson

time iconNovember 5, 2022 02:00 pm

Mental Health and Stigma in Diabetes

speaker headshot Mary Mosier

speaker headshot Crystal Ngo Diaz

speaker headshot Brandon A. Denson

speaker headshot Lucy Amato

speaker headshot Anita Sabidi

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Going Beyond the Surface of Diabetes

speaker headshot Dr. Nana Ama Quansah

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Real-life Strategies to Improve Diabetes Management

speaker headshot Nykkia Sellers

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Hiking my Feelings

speaker headshot Sydney Williams

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the POCLWD summit is open to everyone who has diabetes, works in the diabetes space, is a caregiver to someone who has diabetes, or is just trying to learn more about what it is like living with diabetes.
No! You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our summit. You only need to have access to the internet.
The only way we accomplish our mission is by having people like you supporting us every step of the way! For more information on how you can get involved please visit
Diversity in Diabetes is an established 501c3 nonprofit in the state of Texas.
No problem! Contact us at and we would be happy to answer any questions you have!