"Pops" Barnes of Columbus speaks in Washington D.C.

Columbus City Council member Jerry "Pops" Barnes told an audience of more than 200 public health leaders on Monday in Washington D.C. how Columbus is inproving the health of its citizens through ongoing grassroots efforts to fight diabetes.

Also speaking was Maurice Madden who is the Columbus Director of the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project.

They were invited to speak at a two-day meeting entitled "Spring Health Braintrust and Fifth Annual Health Disparities Leadership Summitt" sponsored by National Minority Quality Forum, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the American Medical Foundation.

Barnes described the "Columbus Fights Diabetes" initiative which allows citizens to go to Columbus fire stations and get a diabetes risk assessment test.