Connecting on Innovation in Type 2 Diabetes

Health Quality BC, in partnership with the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, are leading the formation of a network focused on sharing, developing and applying innovative practices to improve outcomes for people living with type 2 diabetes across BC. Learn more about the Type 2 Diabetes Network.

On November 22, 2022, the Type 2 Diabetes Network hosted the Type 2 Diabetes Dialogue – Connecting on Innovation in Type 2 Diabetes. See below for resources and video recordings from the event including inspiring presentations and Q&A sessions.

Video Recordings

Below you will find the recordings from the Type 2 Diabetes Dialogue event on November 22, 2022. Click on the text to see the video, a short description and any resources specific to that part of the event. You can also find the complete playlist with all of the recordings here.

Mark Matthew, our facilitator for the day, leads participants in acknowledging the ancestral and unceded territories that each of us and our speakers are gathered on, followed by Colleen Kennedy from BCPSQC and Marc Pelletier from the Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability setting the context for the formation of the Type 2 Diabetes Network and recapping on the collective actions since Dialogue Day 2021.

From January to May 2022, key informant interviews, public dialogues and a survey were conducted to engage people with a connection to diabetes in Canada. Diane Finegood from the the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, shared about what was heard from participants regarding the challenges and opportunities to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and the people supporting them.

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Pamela Turpin from the Public Health Agency of Canada will provide an overview of the Framework for Diabetes in Canada, which was tabled by the federal Minister of Health in Parliament on October 5, 2022.

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Diane Finegood and Pamela Turpin answer questions about their presentations.

Diane also shares the thoughts submitted by participants who answered “How do your see yourself contributing to implementation of the Framework for Diabetes in Canada?”

Geoff McKee and Bushra Mahmood from the BC Centre of Disease Control discuss equity considerations in diabetes prevention and/or care through several dimensions, including barriers and enablers to care.

Learn from Rachel Dickens about NTC’s innovative approach to virtual care that allows community members living with diabetes to access a virtual Endocrinologist with the support of an in-community RD/CDE. Paul Sam (Ahousaht) also shares his diabetes journey.

Dawn Christie, the manager of Mount Paul Community Food Centre in Kamloops, BC, shares about what a Community Food Centre (CFC) means to local communities and how a national network is making changes across the country.

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Geoff McKee, Bushra Mahmood, Rachel Dickens and Dawn Christie answer questions from their presentations.

As discussed in Geoff and Bushra’s presentations, participants were asked to dive into the following questions in breakout groups:

1. What is a new prevention/management strategy that you can adopt within your practice as it relates to the domain of inequity for your group?

2. What other information may you need to better understand the inequities related to this topic?

Hear about their key thoughts from their conversations.

Peter Sargious and Catherene Joseph from the Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network in Alberta present on their pilot that aims to provide diabetes prevention programming that is cost-effective and evidence-based, allowing for equitable access for all Albertans.

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Learn from Philip Powell, a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, about how continuous glucose monitoring sensors can be used by you and your health care team to develop strategies to manage your diabetes to the next level.

Harpreet Bajaj, an endocrinologist, discusses primordial and primary prevention strategies that are scalable using digital technology, and how they are urgently needed to halt the burgeoning tsunami of type 2 diabetes.

Mark Matthew facilitates questions for presenters, Philip Powell, Peter Sargious, Catherene Joseph and Harpreet Bajaj, on their presentations.

In this presentation, Lisa Maks, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, discusses individualizing care to meet the complex and unique needs of patients, and how to ensure they access the appropriate services and follow up.

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Michael Lyon, a clinical lecturer and physician, presents on how a publicly funded, primarily group-based program has been helping complex patients with obesity and diabetes to achieve better mental wellness along with improvements in health and body weight.

Mark Matthew facilitates questions for presenters, Lisa Maks and Michael Lyon.

Participants were asked to discuss the following questions in breakout groups:
1. From your learning today, what is one action you can commit to taking in the next 30 days?

2. From your learning today, what is one shift that you would like to see within the system to support your work over the next 12 months?

Learn about what was shared in this video below.

Type 2 Diabetes Dialogue comes to a close as Mark Matthew, Colleen Kennedy and Marc Pelletier leave participants with thoughts, actions and gratitude from this full-day event.


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