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UND professor takes leadership role in American Diabetes Association

Dr. Eric Johnson

UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences associate professor Dr. Eric Johnson has been tapped for a leadership role by the American Diabetes Association.

Johnson, a family medicine physician at Altru Health System with expertise in outpatient management of diabetes, long-term care and tobacco cessation, will serve the diabetes association as vice chair of the 2017 Primary Care Advisory Group. In 2018, he will become chair of the group.

Johnson’s position in the working group will focus on developing engagement and outreach strategies targeted for primary care providers. In the past, those strategies have included initiatives such as compiling and publishing guidelines for diabetes treatment as well as hosting informational programs geared toward primary care. As part of his role, Johnson will help guide the expansion of informational sessions into new markets.

In addition to his associate professorship, Johnson also serves the UND School of Medicine as the director of interprofessional education.

He was honored last December with the American Music Therapy Association's Advocate of Music Therapy Award and, more recently, served as chairman of the sponsoring committee of the Measure 4 tobacco control ballot initiative.

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Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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