Gavlak Named to Diabetes Board

Gina Gavlak, RN, BSN Named as Member of Board of Directors for the American Diabetes Association

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is pleased to announce that Gina Gavlak, RN, BSN of Sheffield Village, Ohio has been named a member of the Board of Directors for the Association.  As a member, Gavlak is responsible for the oversight of the Association’s key strategic objectives. Additionally, she will work closely with the Association’s volunteers and staff on initiatives in support of the organization’s mission during her tenure.

Gavlak is currently the Diabetes Program Development Coordinator at Lakewood Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital, Diabetes and Endocrine Center, in Lakewood, Ohio. She is also a registered nurse in the emergency department at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. In her role at Lakewood Hospital, she is responsible for coordinating the programmatic and outreach efforts of the Diabetes and Endocrine Center to improve health outcomes and meet community needs. In both her professional roles, she focuses on diabetes prevention and management and works on ways to meet the needs of the insured, uninsured and underinsured.

Gavlak has been a volunteer of the American Diabetes Association for almost 20 years at the local and national levels. Nationally, she has served on the Inclusion Committee and Prevention Committee. She also served on the Advocacy Committee as Vice Chair for three years and is currently serving as the Chair of that committee. She is a member of the Safe at School Working Group and Legislative Subcommittee.

Locally, Gavlak has been the Advocacy Chair for the Cleveland Community Leadership Board since 2005. She is actively involved in advocacy, fundraising, prevention and program efforts. She has represented the Association on Capitol Hill, at the Ohio statehouse and in multiple media interviews using her personal and professional experiences to share the human side of diabetes and advance the Association’s efforts. Her extensive advocacy involvement earned her the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Advocacy Award in 2007.

Gavlak holds a BS in Nursing from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050, unless we take the steps to Stop Diabetes®.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in Englishand Spanish.

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