School, Diabetes & the Vaccine

School, Diabetes & the Vaccine


Thursday, August 19, 2021    
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Event Type

What:   The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) is hosting a FREE virtual town hall titled School, Diabetes & the Vaccine to answer all questions and concerns from parents on the return to school, especially during the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant 


Why:  A panel of pediatric experts can answer live questions and provide parents, students, and teachers with tips to develop an action plan for children returning to the classroom, including: 

  • COVID-19 related 504 plan considerations 
  • Safety during sports activities 
  • Impact of limited access to school nurses 
  • Fears and emotional issues, and so much more  

When:  Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. ET 

Where: Zoom Video Conference — FREE registration available HERE 

Who: Discussion and live Q&A will be moderated by Jay Skyler, MD, Deputy Director of Clinical Research and Academic Programs at the Diabetes Research Institute, with a national panel of experts: 

  • Janine Sanchez, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Diabetes Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami 
  • Aleida M. Sanchez, APRN, FNP-BC, CDCES, Director of Patient Education, University of Miami, Diabetes Research Institute 
  • Dara Melnick, Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years

Media Opps:  Interview opportunities with panelists and families available, including on the following topics: 

  • Addressing mental health and emotional stress that families and students affected by T1D may feel when going back to school 
  • Tips and best practices for kids of all ages to avoid spread of COVID-19 
  • Helpful tools and guidelines for the type 1 diabetes community this fall 
  • Families share their experiences and concerns 
  • Discuss making the transition from living at home to going to college 



About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation

The mission of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As one of the largest and most comprehensive research centers dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production in people living with the disease. Researchers have already shown that transplanted islet cells allow patients to live without the need for insulin therapy. Some study participants have maintained insulin independence for more than 10 years. The DRI is now building upon these promising outcomes through its BioHub strategy, a multi-pronged approach that addresses the major challenges standing in the way of a cure. For more information, please visit or call 800-321-3437.