Type 1 Diabetes Community Forum

A gathering of those impacted by Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) – friends, family, and community – bringing together noted speakers, scientists, and industry professionals all in one place – for the benefit of those impacted by T1D. 

The day includes educational sessions, special guest keynote speakers, and a place for kids and teens to hang out and participate in activities just for them. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers have the opportunity to ask questions, join in discussions and share personal stories.  Come for the excitement of talking with others who can relate to your experience, see what is new in diabetes treatments and technology from the experts, and leave knowing you’re not alone on this journey.  This free, patient and family-centered event is organized and supported by leading doctors, scientists, medical institutions, and commercial partners – many of whom have spent decades in service to the T1D community.

CLICK HERE to view the 2023 Diabetes SoluT1ons Community Forum Program
(includes speaker and room schedule)

Attendee Registration
Please register EACH attendee for the Community Forum! 
Children attending the Kids Korner (age 3-12 years) or Teen Scene (ages 13 & up) register separately (below). 

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Kids Korner (for ages 3-12 years) is a programming area led by chair Maggie Cox for kids to allow parents and other caregivers to attend the Community Forum events. Along with tons of fun, the Diabetes SoluT1ons Kids Korner is focused on equipping kids and their siblings or BFF with practical skills that enhance their quality of life and enable them to navigate changes they might encounter while living with T1D. Special activities have been planned - so keep an eye out for all the announcements on our website! 

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Teen Scene (ages 13 & up) is a programming area led by chair Julia Mulvaine for teens and their BFF's to allow parents and other caregivers to attend the Community Forum events. Walk up the Teen Scene Hollywood Walk of Fame - enjoy a day filled with popcorn, movies, trivia and fun!  It doesn't matter if you were recently diagnosed or a sibling of a T1D. Come enjoy support and friendship meant just for our amazing teens!  With parent permission, teens may still attend the Community Forum sessions.

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Corewell Health (previously Beaumont Children's) Safe Sitter Class

We will offer a Safe Sitter Class for grandparents, nannies/baby-sitters, and other caregivers of T1D's.  This class is intended to teach basic knowledge and hands-on skills needed to care for children with T1D. 

THIS IS NOT FOR PRIMARY CAREGIVERS. The class will run for 2 hours and you must be pre-registered (limited to 35 attendees).

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Volunteers Needed! 

Want to volunteer at the Community Forum?   We need volunteers to help make our programs run smoothly and with your participation we know the Community Forum will be a success - plus you get an awesome t-shirt to keep!   This opportunity is great for those needing to fulfill community service (high school); bring with you any paperwork that would apply and we'll complete the forms here.  Volunteers are subject to a background check.  Thanks and we're excited to meet you!

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Sponsorship/Vendor Registration

The Type 1 Diabetes Community Forum is a wonderful opportunity for you to share your product and/or services with other diabetes healthcare professionals, patients living with T1D, families, and caregivers throughout Michigan and the Midwest. There will be dedicated exhibition time for attendees to freely interact with vendors before, during, and after the educational sessions in order to offer the most exposure to attendees. 

 Visit the Sponsor/Vendor Registration page for more information.

Keynote Speakers

Ed Damiano, PhD

Ed is a co-founder of Beta Bionics and is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University. His educational training is in the areas of biomedical and mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, and applied mathematics. Ever since his son developed type 1 diabetes at 11 months of age, Ed has been committed to building a bihormonal bionic pancreas.  Come hear about his journey as his dream is close to coming to fruition.


Steph Habif, EdD, MS

Dr. Steph Habif is a behavioral scientist with 20 years’ experience in human computer interaction. She currently serves as the Vice President of Behavioral Sciences at Tandem Diabetes Care, where she oversees human factors, clinical and behavioral research teams, and contributes to the overall strategic direction of the company. Steph has held faculty appointments at Stanford University, Columbia University in New York, and Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. 


Distinguished Faculty/Speakers

Davida Kruger, NP ⋅ Nader Kasim, MD ⋅ Jen Wyckoff, MD ⋅ Michael Wood, MD ⋅ Jayme Aschemeyer, DO ⋅  Michael Brennan, DO ⋅ Dan Elsholz, MD ⋅ Inas Thomas, MD ⋅ Colleen Buggs-Saxton, MD, PHD ⋅ Peter Gerrits, MD ⋅ Shabana Kalladi, MD ⋅ Julie Surhigh, MD ⋅ Kathleen Estrada, MD ⋅ Brittany Carey, LMSW ⋅ Cassandra Bunker, MSH, CPNP-PC,CDCES ⋅ Jacinta Florek, LMSW, MPH ⋅ Mary McFeters, CPNP-PC, CDCES ⋅ Carol Tucker, MSN, APRN-BC, NP ⋅ Thomas Grossman ⋅ Lori VanderWeele, RD, CSP ⋅ Chelsie Coaster, MS, RD, CDCES ⋅ Kathryn (Katy) Glinter, RDN, MPH, MS ⋅ Dawn Cherwinski, MSN, RN ⋅ Maria Borri, BSN, RN, CDCES ⋅ Wendy Dijanni, BSN, RN ⋅ Sara Wotlinski, BSN, RN, CDCES ⋅ Emily Falk, BSN, RN, CDCES, CPN ⋅ Jeff Hoomaian ⋅ Jameel M. Smith, PhD, LP, NCSP ⋅ Deborah Ellis, PhD ⋅ April Idalski Carcone, PHD, MSW ⋅ Jillian Rhind Sjostrom ⋅ Amy Ohmer ⋅ Olivia Ohmer ⋅ Reese Ohmer ⋅ Nanette Sabell, RPh, CDCES ⋅ Sahil Mehta ⋅ Judy Nechal, CDCES ⋅ Jade Gamber Anderson, RN, BSN ⋅ Meryl Krochmal, RD, CDCES ⋅ Howard (JP) Parmentier ⋅ Paul Belmonte, PhD ⋅ Terri Czerwinski, MSN, RN ⋅ DeLisa Marble ⋅ DaLaya Thomas ⋅ Rachel Costa-Smith, LMSW ⋅ Julia & Rachael Mulvaine ⋅ Claire, Kyle & Sasha Lim ⋅ Rebecca (Becky) Rosbolt, RN ⋅ John & Wesley Bell ⋅ Beth Borgemenke 

Breakout Session Topics
A=Adult G=General P= Parent)

Beaumont (now Corewell Health) Children's Safe Sitter Class (for grandparents, nannies/babysitters, and other caretakers)
Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) and Insulin Pumps
Pregnancy: What every woman needs to know - before, during and after
Diabetes Burn-out and Depression (Type 1's)
Ask the Endo - Panel Discussion (adult & pediatric)
T1D Littles
Newly Diagnosed - Navigating the Forest
Sports day management from Walks to Ironman Races
CGM Understanding the Ups and Downs - Grow the Green!
Understanding the Insurance Maze
 Parenting Teens with T1D
Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Navigating Home & School
Transitioning to Adulthood
College Prep for T1D
New Treatments for Severe Lows
Supporting Your Loved One with T1D
Eating with T1D On-The-Run
504 / IEP Plans
Innovative Therapies for T1D
Preventing Type 1 DM - New Therapies

THANK YOU to our Sponsors!


Parking / Campus Map - Wayne County Community College District
Located right off the John C. Lodge (M-10) freeway, parking is available in many areas directly adjacent to the Wayne County Community College District building. 
WCCC Campus Map