Memorial Health, Public Schools Partner to Promote Diabetes Awareness

(November 16, 2015) – Memorial Health is partnering with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to promote Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Week (November 16-20) in all Chatham County public schools. 

Type 1 diabetes usually affects children and young adults. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. About 500 children are diagnosed each year in Georgia; 10 percent of them live in the Savannah area.

“Our pediatric endocrinologists treat a number of these children at Memorial, so we know how important it is to diagnose this disease and help children and their families learn to manage it,” said Maggie Gill, Memorial Health’s president and CEO. “As the region’s only children’s hospital, we have the medical professionals and resources needed to care for diabetic children and their unique healthcare needs.

“We are partnering with the school system and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to make sure students know the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes,” she added.

“This partnership of Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Memorial Health, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will benefit all parties in our community,” said Dr. Ann Levett, chief academic officer for the school system. “By increasing the community’s awareness of this condition affecting many school-aged children, we will continue to promote the required flexibility and close communication among parents, students, healthcare teams, and school personnel needed to make the school experience a positive one for all children affected by Type I diabetes.”

The school system has scheduled a number of events designed to bring awareness to Type 1 diabetes, including a public service announcement contest, a dress down day for students and staff, and daily Type 1 diabetes facts announcements.

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