Threading the Needle: Practical Considerations in the Modern, Evidence-based Management of Type 2 Diabetes

May 12, 2021

Activity description

The development of type 2 diabetes (T2D), a disease that affects more than 30 million individuals in the United States, is influenced by a number of risk factors, genetic predisposition and multiple health behaviors. The focus of medical care for individuals with T2D includes formulating an individualized treatment plan that balances control of blood sugar levels, reduces risks for cardiovascular and microvascular complications and optimizes medication regimens. Additionally, health care practitioners (HCPs) are in a position to assist patients with T2D in developing meaningful health behavior changes and setting healthy lifestyle goals to maximize health outcomes and slow disease progression. This activity will assist learners in identifying optimal lifestyle and behavioral changes that can impact disease development and progression in their patients and will discuss practical strategies and forms of support that HCPs can offer to assist patients in setting healthy lifestyle goals. Learners will examine how appropriate prescribing decisions must be based on a comparative analysis of diabetes medications and will also review disease etiology and biological changes seen during disease progression. Lastly, the presenter will discuss policy and system changes that can best assist in integrating evidence into daily practice for the purpose of maximizing health in individuals with T2D. 

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, counselors, educators, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists and other HCPs who have an interest in the care of patients with T2D.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the causes of T2D and the biological changes that occur during the development and progression of the disease
  • Identify lifestyle and behavioral changes that impact disease development and progression
  • Discuss practical strategies and forms of support that can assist patients in making meaningful behavioral changes and setting healthy lifestyle goals 
  • Recognize how the comparative actions, benefits, harms and costs of different diabetes medications must factor into appropriate prescribing decisions
  • Describe at least two policy or system changes that could help integrate evidence for maximizing health in people with T2D into daily practice
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
05/12/2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/12/2021 - 2:00pm EDT


Dr. Ronald AckermannRonald T. Ackermann, MD, MPH
Director, Institute of Public Health and Medicine
Co-Director, Center for Diabetes and Metabolism
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois



About the presenter

Dr. Ronald Ackermann, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He directs Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine and is Co-Director for its Center for Diabetes and Metabolism. He is a clinical and population health researcher and practicing primary care physician with experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of multi-sector programs and policy interventions to improve population health and health equity for adults with T2D and prediabetes. Dr. Ackermann received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington, Health Services Research. Dr. Ackermann was a Clinical Scholar/VA Scholar and Physician Faculty Scholar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth Education

Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Dr. Ackermann and the planners of this activity have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and OptumLabs. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit designation statements
Interprofessional CEThis activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy technicians
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-21-154-L04-P/T

OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.

Social workers
ACE LogoAs a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 live continuing education credits.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
  • 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 APA - Psychologists
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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