Kovler announces InTransit teen advisory panel

Kelly McGinnis

Kelly McGinnis - Member of the InTransit Teen Advisory Panel

Kovler is proud to announce the creation of its InTransit teen advisory panel. On Wednesday, June 13, a group of 7 Kovler teens in grades 7 through 12 met at the Kovler Diabetes Center for an evening of brainstorming, chatting, and connecting with other Kovler teens, their families, friends, and Kovler professionals.

Peggy Hasenauer, MS, RN Executive Director of the Kovler Diabetes Center, worked with Beth Littlejohn, MD, Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDEand Julia Socke, RD, CDE to coordinate a casual meeting between families interested in sharing their ideas about living with diabetes as a teenager. It is the goal of the panel to identify needs and concerns of teens living with diabetes and their families. Kovler would like to work with teens to provide timely and thoughtful discussions to help families manage diabetes during the teen years.

“It is our hope that teens and their families can use this group to find fun ways to support one another and to influence diabetes care topics at Kovler.” said Peggy Hasenauer.  “Families ended their evening with an informative and impressive tour of the Kovler research labs at the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery. Teens and parents were excited to see where current and cutting-edge diabetes research takes place.”

The InTransit teen advisory panel will meet multiple times throughout the year to shape the groups role and activities.  Initial plans include leading a walk team for JDRF, assisting with Kovler for Kids signature Kohl Children’s Museum Event in November and serving as mentors for younger children living with diabetes.

If you would like information about becoming involved with the teen advisory panel, please contact Peggy Hasenauer at peggy.hasenauer@uchospitals.edu.