Diabetes & Obesity Summit

Event Date(s): 
May 13 - 14, 2015
Denver, Colorado
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This conference built on Women In Government's five year diabetes campaign, and provided legislators a unique opportunity to focus on this topic with colleagues and experts from across the country. Issues covered at the meeting included ideas and training for outreach in the states; existing and new state diabetes programs and policies; co-morbidities with other chronic diseases; preventing childhood obesity; promoting healthy eating and active living; and strategies to address disparities in underserved communities.


Access the session materials below:

Recent Data: Cost of Diabetes Higher than Expected
Laura Keller 
Director, State Government Relations – Western Region
American Diabetes Association

Chris Stanley, MD, MBA
Advocacy Chair, Catholic Health Initiatives
Denver Community Leadership Board, American Diabetes Association

As new and emerging technology become increasingly advanced, it is important to look at costs beyond the short term, and see the long term benefits of improved care. Laura Keller gave the general policy overview, and Dr. Stanley gave the physician’s perspective. To learn more about this segment, access their presentation here.

Improving Affordability and Access in Exchanges Through Increased Transparency & Consumer Tools
Lorena Ferrara 
Manager, Public Policy
Novo Nordisk

Often, prices for healthcare services vary, making it challenging for patients to determine out-of-pocket costs. This session focused on how consumer tools are making it easier to determine costs and afford care.
Access the Milliman Client Report on Member Cost Sharing for Insulin and GLP-1 Agonist Users Under Various Silver Exchange Plans here, and Ms. Ferrara's presentation here.

Obesity Care Continuum & the Weight Bias
Patty Nece, JD
Patient Advocate  

Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA 
Founder & Principal

This session began with Patty Nece's personal story of weight struggle, the bias she has experienced, and the reason why she stands as an advocate for access to care for obesity treatments. Ted Kyle provided the policy packground of the issue, and the what the legislator role is in the conversation of obesity treatment coverage, and how to improve health outcomes. Access his presentation here.

Type One Embraces Type Two: Diabetes Hands Foundation
Emily Coles 
Head of Communities
Diabetes Hands Foundation

The Diabetes Hands Foundation has developed a strong community among those with diabetes. As Ms. Coles' presentation detailed, having and managing diabetes is hard work. To live a healthy life, one must have support and access to care. Visit the Diabetes Hands Foundation here to learn more.

Through Our Own Lens: Culturally Aware Prevention Programs
Jandel Allen-Davis, MD 
Vice President, Government, External Relations & Research 
Kaiser Permanente 

This session provided background data emphasizing how prevention programs work. Healthcare as a whole has had to adjust their approach to delivering care by incorporating virtual “centers of excellence” addressing implicit bias, and tackling workforce challenges to work with specific communities in the best way. Dr. Allen-Davis' presentation detailed the heatlh disparities that the United States faces, problems in addressing these disparities, and recomendations to acheive health equity. Access Dr. Allen-Davis' presentation, here. Dr. Allen-Davis also provided supplemental information and reports. To access the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity Report, click here. To learn more about obesity and diabetes in vulnerable populations, click here. To access the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report on the 2014 State of Obesity, click here

The Extraordinary Living Project
Cynthia James 
Co-Founder & President
Extraordinary Living Project

Cynthia James is the spiritual leader of the Extraordinary Living Project, as well as its Co-Founder and President. Her program, Advanced Awareness Coaching offers depth, focus and results for high level business leaders. This session provided an example of how culturally aware prevention programs can work. Ms. James has worked to bring together an interdisciplinary group of professionals, community leaders, and allies to activate a community-based solution to obesity within the African American community. Learn more by visiting her website here.

Diabetes Disparities & Policy
Miryam Bujanda, MPA 
Tri-Council Member
American Diabetes Association

This session provided a policy break down analyzing the options legislators have in addressing diabetes disparities. Learn more by viewing Ms. Bujanda's presentation here.

Diabetes Action Plan Reports - Solutions    

Marti Macchi, MEd, MPH
Senior Consultant, Diabetes
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors 

This session provided an update on the status of Diabetes Action Plans and Reports throughout the states. Access Marti Macchi's presentation here

For Legislator or Registration information, please contact:
Johnathan Lozier, Manager Legislative Outreach
202.333.0825 ext. 214

For Sponsor information, please contact:
Sumeira Kashim, Associate Director, Development
202.333.0825 ext. 210

For Policy information, please contact:
Brenna Kehew Sculley, Associate Director, Policy & Programs
202.333.0825 ext. 211