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In June 2017, the Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology Section hosted the annual “life after high school” event for older teens (age 16 and up) with type 1 diabetes and their caregivers. #AdultingwithT1D was a huge success and a great way to assist teens and families as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives. We look forward to hosting other transition events in the future. Below are a few highlights from #AdultingwithT1D 2017.
- This outreach event was an interactive platform for youth and families living with diabetes to engage with clinicians, psychologists, social workers, and young adults with type 1 diabetes.
- Topics presented at this event included managing diabetes while in college and/or work, parents’ changing role, and knowing what to expect in adult care.
- Christina Roth, CEO of the College Diabetes Network, was the keynote speaker.
By the Numbers
- 54 participants attended #AdultingwithT1D—including teens, young adults, and parents
- 13 presenters spoke on topics about managing type 1 diabetes as a young adult
- 90% were “Highly Satisfied” with the #AdultingwithT1D event
- “Thank you SO much for hosting this event. This really helped me realize that there is SO MUCH help involved in living with T1D.”
- “I liked meeting others who experience the same things”
- “Great information! We will be back and will highly recommend”
- “There was a variety of different facilitators, professionals—including patients and parents. A lot of first-hand knowledge on the topic.”
- “GREAT!! THANK YOU :) The guest speaker provided me with the knowledge and support that my daughter is not alone and that the next chapter in her life could be exciting despite the inconvenience of living with T1 Diabetes. Thank you!”
Organizers of #AdultingwithT1D: Marisa Hilliard, PhD; Sarah Lyons, MD; Kierra Lee, MPH; and Jake Kushner, MD. A special thank you to Lensky Endowment for T1D, Curtis Yee, presenters, administrative coordinators, and volunteers.