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Opening General Session - Monday, March 19, 2012: 8:30-10:00 AM

Leonard Sanders, M.D., FACP
Medical Director of Diabetes Care & Dialysis Services - Gila River Health Care (GRHC)
Sacaton, AZ

Dr. Leonard R. Sanders is Medical Director of Diabetes Care and Dialysis Services at Gila River Health Care (GRHC) in Sacaton, Arizona. He is board certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism; Nephrology; Hypertension; and Internal Medicine.  He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Sanders trained at the University of California in San Francisco School of Medicine, the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He has been with Gila River Health Care for over five years. While at Gila River Dr. Sanders has held positions as Medical Director of the Outpatient Department, Employee Health, and Life Center Diabetes Education.  He is also the Medical Director of the Dialysis East Center, the Dialysis West Center, and is Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.  Dr. Sanders established the Diabetes Care Program at Gila River, designed the data retrieval process for diabetes care, developed EHR provider templates and reminders for diabetes care, and developed the Diabetes ABCS algorithms for Gila River healthcare providers and diabetes patients.  The diabetes data retrieval process is Web based and allows primary care providers real-time access to their patient outcomes.  The Gila River Health Care Diabetes program is based on the Chronic Care Model and the American College of Physicians Closing the Gap (in Diabetes Care) Program.



Closing General Session: Wednesday, March 21, 2012: 8:30-10:00 AM

Ambassador - 'Let's Move! in Indian Country' (LMIC)

Let’s Move! in Indian Country is a comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Sure, this is an ambitious goal. But with your help, we can do it.

Elected Tribal leaders in rural and reservation communities and other community leaders such as school officials and Urban Indian Center coordinators have the ability to spur action in the areas of health, wellness, nutrition and physical activity. Throughout our country’s history, Native communities have provided some of the best examples of healthy food and sustainable community-based practices. Many groups in Indian Country are continuing to lead by example by following traditional paths that have existed for thousands of years.

To build on the strength of this tradition, and to address the obesity health crisis that young American Indians and Alaska Natives are facing, the Obama Administration has formed the interagency collaboration, Let’s Move! in Indian Country. Participants include representatives from the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Education. Informed by research and recommendations in the President’s Childhood Obesity Task Force Report, we have set four main goals for Let’s Move! in Indian Country:
  1. Creating a healthy start on life
  1. Developing Healthy Learning
  1. Communities Increasing Physical Activity
  1. Increasing Access to Affordable, Healthy and Traditional Foods
The Let’s Move! initiative recognizes we will be building upon many important efforts that are already being made in Indian Country to address the crisis of childhood obesity. And government alone cannot solve the obesity problem and reach the goal of ending the epidemic of obesity in a generation. We want to support and leverage Indian Country’s help, expertise, and commitment on the ground. We want to support public/private sector partnerships that will further support and expand upon the great work happening throughout Indian Country. Each tribe is unique and tribal leaders must be involved in order for Let’s Move! in Indian Country to succeed. We want to work with you to reduce childhood obesity and related conditions in your tribe so that Native youth can grow, thrive and meet their full potential in life.

To learn more about LMIC, visit the following website