Students With Diabetes host national conference
For most students, starting college is a big enough challenge. But for some young people, the transition is made even more difficult by the fact that they’re diabetic. Student with Diabetes is an organization that started at USF Health and has since spread to over 30 other college campuses, with the goal of creating a support community for 18 to 30 year-olds and their loved ones.
In June, USF hosted the group’s third annual national conference. Friendship and facts was the focus of the three-day event that brought together more than 100 young adult diabetics from over 20 states.
Nicole Johnson, MPH, MA serves as executive director of the organization and spearheaded the conference. She recently spoke with staff at WUSF’s University Beat about the conference and student organization.
“Diabetes isn’t one-dimensional and part of what we try to emphasize is quality of life, and so we’re trying to get so many different aspects of life,” Johnson said. “We’re trying to hit the relational side, we’re trying to hit the practical, educational need for information side, we’re trying to hit the creative, alternative realities of parties and social life and work realities with the disease.”
Ms. Johnson is a doctoral candidate in the USF College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health. In 1999, she was crowned Miss America.
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