The Diabetes Divide: Cities, Inequality and the Spread of a Disease

November 13, 2015
New York City

Diabetes is a serious public health challenge: 29 million Americans have diabetes, and 86 million more are pre-diabetic. Worse, the disease disproportionately strikes racial minorities, and trends show that diabetes prevalence is growing at an alarming rate in urban areas. How do socioeconomic, racial and geographic factors shape how the epidemic is being addressed in urban communities — and perceived by the general public?

In a town hall event with community leaders, patients, public health experts and more, The Atlantic considered the social determinants of diabetes, and what they require of the response.  

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8:45 a.m.  Guest Arrival and Networking Breakfast

9:25 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE

9:30 a.m.  Nutrition and Diabetes in the United States

  • Dan Glickman, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Congressional Program & Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

9:55 a.m.  Establishing Value in Diabetes Care: Sponsor Content Presented by Novo Nordisk

  • Todd Hobbs, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Novo Nordisk North America

10:05 a.m.  Mapping Diabetes in the City

  • Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, Director, Chronic Disease Prevention, Department of Health, City of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Faith Foreman, Assistant Director of Health and Human Services, City of Houston
  • With Peter Beinart, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

10:40 a.m.  Citizens and Diabetes

  • Christel Aprigliano, Chief Executive Officer, The Diabetes Collective
  • Lori Rose Benson, Vice President for Healthy Lifestyles, YMCA of Greater New York
  • Kelly Close, President and Founder, Close Concerns
  • Dr. Ronald Tamler, Medical Director, Mount Sinai Clinical Diabetes Institute, Mount Sinai Health System
  • With Mary Louise Kelly

11:10 a.m.  Closing Remarks

  • Emily Akhtarzandi

11:15 a.m. Guest Departure


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