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Regardless of what your role is with Johns Hopkins Medicine, you play a key part in helping maintain it's status as a leader in progressive healthcare. In all the time you have been here at JHM, what has been the accomplishment that you look back on with the most pride and sense of accomplishment? Have you initiated any new programs or activities at Johns Hopkins Medicine? Did you mentor someone to greater things? Have you been a part of any groundbreaking discoveries? Is it something you do daily that gives you the most satisfaction?

Answer today's question of the week and let us know your proudest accomplishment at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. With approximately one in three Americans at high risk for diabetes, and 29.1 million Americans diagnosed with the disease, it's important that people become educated on the disease and the risks associated with it. Rita Kalyani, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and editor-in-chief, Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide clarifies some common misconceptions about diabetes.

kalyaniGet more information about Diabetes awareness, including the latest reasearch findings, at the Johns Hopkins Medicine health awareness page. Or visit the diabetes page at the online Johns Hopkins Medicine health library.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious disease that occurs when the body cannot maintain normal levels of glucose, an important energy source. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. People with type 1 diabetes are unable to produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body metabolize glucose. People with type 2 diabetes can still produce insulin early in the disease, but the body doesn’t appropriately respond to its effects.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that is diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy in women.

What is prediabetes?

People with prediabetes have elevated blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but fall just below the criterion for diagnosing type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, but those with prediabetes can delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by making healthy lifestyle adjustments.

Is diabetes preventable?

Based on current knowledge, it is not clear whether type 1 diabetes is preventable, but a healthy diet and regular exercise can dramatically decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes. Losing just 5 percent of your body weight can make a big difference. If you have type 2 diabetes, these same measures may help you manage your blood glucose without insulin.

How is diabetes managed?

If you have type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to start taking insulin upon diagnosis. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may initially be able to manage your disease with weight loss alone, but most patients take pills for diabetes and some take insulin. You should work with your doctor to make sure you’re on track with your treatment goals.

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It's that time of year again... By now you've seen the ads and you know what's on sale this week. These days, holiday shopping deals at your favorite stores are available as early as Thanksgiving morning. Unphased, shoppers continue to come out for these "can't miss" deals and rush of saving money on their holiday gifts has become an event unto itself - even if it means waking up well before dawn to do so.

So when do you feel the urge to begin holiday shopping? Are you an early bird? An annual last-minute shopper? Vote for the answer that applies to you in today's Cast Your Vote.

When Do You Begin Holiday Shopping?

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It takes years of studying and hands-on experience before  someone can earn the title of “nurse” or “doctor.” Can you remember the first time you were referred to as a nurse, doctor or other position that you worked hard to achieve? Leave a comment and share your story!

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The holiday season is right around the corner, which often brings the gathering of family and friends together under one roof. With so many personalities in one place, there are usually some humorous or unique situations and stories that come from these gatherings. Share your most unforgettable family gathering moments in today's Hopkins Happenings' Throwback Thursday.

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Charles Reuland, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and 2014 United Way campaign chair, talks about the 2014 Johns Hopkins United Way campaign and how we can all help "Change the Odds" for people in need.


reulandWho are our partners in the United Way campaign?

We partner with two affiliates of United Way: United Way of Central Maryland and United Way of the National Capital Area. Both have shown great strength at identifying regional and local needs, establishing priorities for supporting those needs, and serving as a convening force to bring together the resources needed to help address these issues. Examples include providing access to healthy food and promoting stable families, where United Way not only identified these issues but worked to bring together a coalition of like-minded charities and government programs to improve these situations.

The 2014 United Way campaign theme is “Changing the Odds for Families and Communities.” Can you elaborate on what that means?  

Those who live in poverty have—to no one’s surprise—worse experiences and outcomes compared to those who do not live in poverty. By providing targeted and intentional support to people living in poverty, we may not eliminate all bad outcomes, but we will certainly improve the odds of a better outcome for those recipients. For example, by providing an afterschool program for a child whose family lives in poverty, we increase the likelihood that that child completes his or her education successfully.

Why does Johns Hopkins participate in the United Way campaign? 

Our very mission includes caring for the people of our community, and we proudly do that every day in an ever-expanding population. Beyond that, the people who work for Johns Hopkins Medicine share the core value of providing service to those in need. Our individual contributions to United Way make Johns Hopkins Medicine an even stronger contributor to the good in our communities. And I think our organizational credibility is much higher when we can say that our staff and faculty members are the largest contributors to United Way in the region.

What is the goal of the campaign?

Our goal is $1.69 million. We want Johns Hopkins to be the highest contributing organization in the region.

How is my donation used by United Way to help families and communities in need?

When you donate to United Way, your donation goes to help all members of our community have a better life. United Way’s programs and initiatives focus on the building blocks of a good life—a quality education, financial stability for individuals and families, and good health.

Here are a few ways your donation may be used:

  • Your donation may help connect people individuals and families in need to basic services, such as food, shelter and affordable medical care.
  • It may help feed those who are hungry. Nothing else matters if people in need don’t have access to healthy food. United Way supports afterschool meal programs, virtual supermarkets and access to public benefits.
  • It may help empower youth so they can learn to read, read to learn, and succeed in school and beyond. United Way invests in programs with proven success in conducting early interventions and providing academic and social support to students to help them reach their full potential.
  • Your donation may help provide financial education, including asset-building, budgeting and employment coaching, to families in need. United Way invests in workforce development and job training programs that prepare adults for careers that pay a family-sustaining wage and in financial literacy programs that help people better manage their finances.

 Are there any special activities being held to help generate enthusiasm and contributions?

There are host of activities both big and small that have been planned to bring attention to the United Way campaign and to encourage all Johns Hopkins Medicine employees to donate. We recently held a weeklong Food Truck Frenzy on many of our campuses. In addition, all of our entities are participating and have been very creative in coming up with fun events to generate excitement and donations. Examples include a chili cook-off, bake sales, silent auctions, raffles, dress-down and professional sports team outfit days, snack sales, special breakfasts, luncheons and more.

How can the Johns Hopkins Medicine community make a contribution to the campaign?

There are many ways to contribute, including by volunteering and by making a monetary donation. We do not require anyone to volunteer or give to United Way, but we certainly encourage everyone to consider making a contribution in support of this campaign.  We further ask all who are in leadership positions to help us inspire everyone to consider a contribution.

Use this link to make your online donation or pledge if you are employed by the following institutions:

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Health System
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine International
  • Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
  • Johns Hopkins HealthCare
  • Johns Hopkins Home Care Group

If you are employed by Howard County General Hospital, use this link to make your online donation or pledge.

If you are employed by Sibley Memorial Hospital or Suburban Hospital, use this link to make your online donation or pledge.

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The traits of a valuable employee come in many forms. Whether you're the take-charge type or the calculated planner, your professional characteristics are often your biggest assets. So what type of employee are you? Maybe you have a little bit of a few of these traits in you? Choose the ones that you think match your personality in today's Cast Your Vote!

The Go-Getter - Always willing to do whatever it takes to complete a task, this person may not have all of the skills yet but has the ambition to get anything accomplished.

The Creative - Forward thinking and always outside the box, this person is the go-to for when a slightly different approach to a task is needed and always has their finger on the pulse of new technology.

The Positive Thinker - When things look bleak and hope is lost, you can do it! Why? Because this person says so! A valuable piece in keeping up company morale, you'll always be motivated around them.

The Strategist - Never without a plan, count on this person to outline all the steps you will need to take to accomplish a goal and the steps for Plan B, too. This person is always organized and knows how to get results.

The Problem Solver - It's often easy to identify a problem, but this person knows how to think quickly and find a way to move around those road blocks. This person is sharp and decisive in tense situations.

The Leader - Able to manage many different ideas, tasks and personalities, this person is the epitome of "take-charge". They take on responsibility and know how to get the most out of others, as well.

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Next Thursday, Nov. 20,  marks the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, and smokers everywhere are encouraged to take the day to make a plan to quit smoking. It's a fact that quitting smoking greatly decreases your risk of lung cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke and other major health concerns. The steps to a healthier life can start with the decision to quit. Have you ever quit smoking? What steps did you take? Tell us about your journey to stop smoking in the comments section.

For more on the Great American Smokeout, visit the American Cancer Society's webpage. For facts about quitting smoking, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Sheet on smoking cessation.

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Role_ModelInspiration is all around us. We can be inspired by stories of people overcoming hardships, or watching people around us make a difference in our communities. Who inspired you when you were growing up? Was it a family member or teacher who pushed you to be better? A public figure with a positive message? Leave a comment and tell us who you looked up to growing up in today's Throwback Thursday.

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