Brad Lowder, President and Publisher, 1 SWEET LIFE
Brad brings decades of healthcare care marketing and strategic planning experience to 1SweetLife.org. His career as a media and advertising professional includes roles as Managing Partner of two advertising agencies, Marketing Director of a major market radio station, and National Account Manager and Executive Producer for an international satellite broadcasting firm.
With a passion for public health education and marketing, Lowder wrote, produced, and directed a nationally syndicated radio program, Sports Health Today, which aired daily on 120 radio stations, and globally on Armed Forces Radio Network and Voice of America. Lowder also coauthored a book on Patient Relations, developed strategic marketing and public relations campaigns for hospital systems, physician groups, and regional dental associations. He also created and administered a nationwide interactive dental health education program for grade schoolers funded by the Colgate-Palmolive Company.
Lowder received a BA degree is Mass Communications from Brigham Young University. In the spring of 2010, Brad’s 15-year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which ignited Lowder’s personal passion to inspire young people with diabetes to have hope and know they can live life to the fullest.
Listen to DSMA Live (here) with Brad Lowder on 3/15/2012 at 9 PM EST
In a dream world, every person living with diabets would have someone like Michelle in their corner. She decided early that she wanted to go into diabetes care because she liked the idea of getting to know the people she’s treating, rather than the sometimes impersonal, revolving door stream of patients that you can picture at a typical clinic.
That wasn’t what impressed me the most though. What got me was when she negotiated her available time with her patients into her job. She will not rush her patients in and out of the office. If that’s how they wanted her to operate, she wasn’t interested in working there. See what I mean?
Her first connection to the Diabetes Online Community was Mike Lawson. Quickly hooked into it, she was so impressed with how accurate the information was. As she spent more time reading and listening, she was also struck by the fact that so many people without diabetes take for granted how often we have to think about it.
We heard a bit about the “Diabetes Mixer” events that she helps to organize, and they sound like a blast. Check out this clip from the latest one (featuring Ginger Vieira)!
Michelle is making great strides in connecting the sometimes distant health care professionals with the resources that are available in the diabetes online community, and thanks to Mike & Ginger (speaking of those two, check out this post!), she’s even started her own blog, Sweet Advice from Michelle Litchman.
There’s so much more to say about all that Michelle is doing, but for the rest of the story you’ll have to listen to the show. :-)
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Michelle Litchman, Family Nurse Practitioner
Listen to DSMA Live with Michelle at 9 PM EST
Michelle Litchman is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in diabetes care. She is an e-patient supporter and social media enthusiast. Michelle credits the diabetes online community for making her a more educated and compassionate clinician. Michelle provides house calls in the greater Salt Lake Valley to homebound older adults with diabetes, and sees patients in the outpatient setting at Wasatch Internal Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is dedicated to working with patients in developing realistic treatment plans and is an advocate for insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems, and mobile apps for diabetes management. Enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Utah, Michelle is interested in how the diabetes online community impacts health outcomes.
Michelle envisioned and co-developed the Diabetes Mixer with MJ Tran. The Diabetes Mixer is a social networking event for adults with type 1 diabetes and is held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The first Diabetes Mixer launched in April 2011 and was full of great people, delicious food, live music, prizes, swag bags, and Mike Lawson; it was a huge success! Based on the success of the Diabetes Mixer, Michelle and MJ were asked by the Utah Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program to host an encore Diabetes Mixer in October 2011. The second event featured a live painter and Ginger Vieira’s amazing slam poetry. The video from the most recent Diabetes Mixer can be seen here http://vimeo.com/31549841. Based on their efforts with the Diabetes Mixer, Michelle and MJ were finalists in the Wego Health Activist Awards in the “Offline Crusader” category. Michelle, MJ, and the Diabetes Mixer planning committee are excited for the next Diabetes Mixer on April 30th, the theme is “sugar-free comedy” and will feature comedian Chelcie Rice.