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Recommendations of the 2021 Federal Diabetes Commission: Translating the Socio-ecologic Model into Policy, and Global Health Implications

Friday, November 5, 2021 12pm to 1pm

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(Note: Master's Info Session 1:00 to 1:30pm PDT)

Nearly 50 years ago, the US federal government commissioned its first report on diabetes. “The Long-Range Plan to Combat Diabetes” was impactful, but its focus reflected the belief that diabetes was a biomedical problem requiring a biomedical solution. Since then, the US has experienced an epidemic of diabetes. While our understanding of diabetes has increased—including a recognition that social and environmental conditions shape diabetes risk and disease trajectory globally—the national diabetes strategy has not been updated. In 2017, Congress passed Public Law 115-80, establishing a Federal Diabetes Commission, called the National Clinical Care Commission (NCCC) to advise Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) how to leverage and coordinate federal policies and programs to prevent and control diabetes.

Dean Schillinger, MD served as a co-chair on this Commission, whose report will be released imminently. He will describe the history and rationale behind the Commission’s work; enumerate the novel framework that informed the work of the Commission and its health equity objectives; and review specific recommendations, drawing connections to the ways in which University of California researchers developed the evidence base for trans-sector initiatives that are relevant both to the US and global settings.  Andrea Pedroza-Tobias, MS, an IGHS PhD candidate and diabetes researcher, will moderate the Q&A.

This lecture is a special presentation by the UCSF Master of Science in Global Health program during National Diabetes Month. Dr. Schillinger teaches the master’s course “Health, the Environment, and Non-communicable Disease.” Students interested in the MS in Global Health are invited to an Information Session and Q&A with the program director and alumni immediately following the lecture from 1:00 to 1:30 pm.

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