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Cat Got Your Tongue?

Come learn how a 2009 YouTube video campaign forever changed the course of Diabetes Complication Conversations at TuDiabetes. Join Manny Hernandez, Mike Lawson and Emily Coles as they explore the issues and challenges that are impeding important online and social media conversations about diabetic complications. Participate in open and an honest discussion about the role social media could play in improving online diabetic education and understanding if only we’d all just start talking.

“Panelists did not receive compensation from the conference sponsor. Participation by panelists from Diabetes Hands Foundation does not represent an endorsement of the conference sponsor or its products.”


Manny Hernandez

Manny-HernandezManny Hernandez is a nonprofit leader, a recognized social media author, and a passionate diabetes advocate who has lived with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) since 2002.

He co-founded and heads the Diabetes Hands Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to understand, connect and energize the millions of people living with diabetes, driven by the belief that no one with diabetes should ever feel alone.

Manny has spoken about diabetes, health and social media at venues such as Joslin Diabetes + Innovation; World Diabetes Congress (Dubai); Diabetes 2Day (Spain); AADE; ePatient Connections; Health 2.0; Yale Medical School, and UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He has published multiple books on social media and health 2.0, and has been interviewed by the New York Times, NPR, Fox News Health, Bloomberg News, Diabetes Forecast, Univision, El Pais (Spain) and El Universal (Venezuela) on these topics.

Websites: http://www.tudiabetes.org & http://www.diabeteshandsfoundation.org/


Emily Coles

Emily ColesEmily Coles is the Head of Communities for the online social networks TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes, programs of the Diabetes Hands Foundation which aim to connect, empower and engage people touched by diabetes around the world.

She has always had an interest in health, and particularly diabetes, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 3 years old. Prior to her work at Diabetes Hands Foundation Emily taught ballroom dance professionally for 6 years, which seemed like a perfect use for her newly-earned Masters in Epidemiology from Stanford University.

Statistics turned out not to be her “thing”. Her other professional experiences include research analysis for the UCSF Center for Lesbian Health Research, study recruitment, screening and phlebotomy for the SF Department of Public Health AIDS Office, HIV pre-and post-test counseling for the AIDS Health Project, and of course, working in a coffee shop.

Websites: http://www.tudiabetes.org & http://www.diabeteshandsfoundation.org/


Mike Lawson

Mike LawsonMike Lawson is a self-proclaimed social media junkie, and a doctor-proclaimed Type 1 Diabetic. He is also a personal blogger, Facebooker, Flickr Photographer, TuDiabetes-er, YouTuber, Tweeter, Podcaster, Linked-in-er, and Tumblr. Since his Type 1 diagnosis, Mike has used social media to find and give emotional support to others that are living with diabetes.

Mike has spoken about diabetes, health and social media at JDRF Research Symposiums all over the United States and Canada, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) events and facilitated sessions aimed at helping young people with diabetes become more engaged.

Mike works for The Diabetes Hands Foundation as the Head of Experience and is responsible for the overall user experience and oversees the development of the visual identity and branding of the organization.

Websites: http://www.tudiabetes.org & http://www.diabeteshandsfoundation.org/