Mark J. Holterman, Medical

ADA and CHLA Team Up to Tackle Type 2 Diabetes in Young People


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A medical school graduate of the University of Virginia, Mark Holterman, MD, teaches surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Committed to the advancement of medicine and finding a cure for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, Dr. Mark Holterman belongs to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

In early September, the ADA announced a joint initiative with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to address the increasing rate of type 2 diabetes occurring in children and teenagers. The two organizations have developed an experience called Camp PowerUp, which utilizes an evidence-based curriculum to engage youth in physical activities and teach them how to make healthier food choices, in order to lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The program will target young people between the ages of eight and 16 in a range of settings, from day camps and after-school programs to churches and parks. With the experience that the two organizations bring to the table in terms of diabetes care and childhood medicine, they believe programs such as this can help stop the rise of type 2 diabetes in this vulnerable age group.

Community Outreach, Mark J. Holterman

Volunteering with IPSAC-VN



Dr. Mark Holterman, an accomplished medical researcher, practitioner, and educator, splits his time between such roles as professor at the University of Illinois and as CEO of Mariam Global Health. Dedicated to helping patients in a variety of ways, Mark Holterman, MD, supports such charitable organizations as the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).

To continue helping healthcare professionals in Vietnam improve access to pediatric surgical care and increase their capacity for such care, IPSAC-VN relies on the support of donors and volunteers.

Volunteers offer the most hands-on support of the organization by providing patient care, training, lecturing, and surgery at affiliate medical schools and hospitals in Vietnam. All volunteers must possess a visa and passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of the trip. In addition to this information, medical volunteers must provide the organization with a copy of their professional license and CV.

Once volunteers are accepted, IPSAC-VN suggests that they purchase travel medicine insurance and recommend that they travel to their determined destination at least two days before they are scheduled to start their volunteering. Team debrief is held before the start date and after the end date, and volunteers are responsible for travel, hotel, and other expenses once in Vietnam.