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October 27, 2011
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American Diabetes Association serving Minnesota and North Dakota to receive eighth annual Bruce Zimmerman Award for
outstanding work in diabetes prevention and care improvement

For decades, the ADA has touched hundreds of organizations and thousands of volunteers to reach millions of people every year

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) serving Minnesota and North Dakota has been chosen to receive the eighth annual Bruce Zimmerman Award in recognition for ADA's leadership on behalf of Minnesotans with diabetes, pre-diabetes and persons at risk of diabetes.

The 2011 Zimmerman award will be presented Oct. 28 at The Many Faces of Community Health Conference. It is being presented by the Minnesota Diabetes Steering Committee and the Minnesota Diabetes Program at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

The award was created in honor of Dr. Bruce Zimmerman, an internationally known diabetes expert and endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Zimmerman was president of The American Diabetes Association (ADA) in 1999 and 2000. He was a leader in the fight against diabetes in Minnesota and served as a founding member of the Minnesota Diabetes Steering Committee.

The ADA Minnesota and North Dakota team is composed of Jenni Hargraves (executive director), Susan Klimek, Jacqueline Reding, Janeece Oatman, Chris Schaefer, Molly Duerr, Barb Harris, Jen Oss, Carol Holten, Jennifer Williams, Becky Barnett, Judy Edgren and Stephanie Chimeziri. The ADA Minnesota and North Dakota's colleagues see them as a reliable and responsive base of expertise, compassion and wisdom. According to their award nomination form:

  • They reach and engage health care professionals, employers and businesses, schools and youth, faith communities, tribes, community professionals, community organizations, public health professionals, researchers, and medical device and pharmaceutical industries.
  • They compile data and issue position statements to lawmakers and testify at legislative hearings, laying the foundation for groundbreaking diabetes legislation.
  • They help consumers in addressing issues such as discrimination in the workplace and schools.
  • They participate in community health charities events, Latino/African-American/Native American initiatives, church and diversity meetings, the Minnesota Diabetes and Heart Health Collaborative, health fairs and community forums. They also help to plan the annual Many Faces of Community Health conference.
  • They make presentations and host exhibits at conferences, and are active in other diabetes professional organizations such as the Minnesota State Diabetes Educators.
  • They continue to engage more partners and expand the number of individuals and organizations who recognize that diabetes has an impact on them and on everyone.
  • They host events that educate, elevate awareness and raise money to fund diabetes research. These include walks, runs and bike tours across the state, the annual diabetes EXPO, Camps Needlepoint, Daypoint and Sioux, an annual fundraising gala, and a busy booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Many of their activities, especially the youth camps and the Diabetes EXPO, serve as national models for other ADA offices.
  • The ADA Minnesota and North Dakota has worked tirelessly to further the American Diabetes Association's mission of preventing and curing diabetes and improving the lives of all people affected by the disease.

The Many Faces of Community Health Conference will be held October 27 and 28 at The Hilton Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Mall of America Hotel, 3800 American Blvd East, Bloomington, Minn. The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. on October 28. Conference registration is not necessary for the awards ceremony. For more information about the conference, please see


For more information, contact:

John Stieger
MDH Communications

Kim Goodwin
MDH Diabetes Program