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

November 13, 2015
9:25 - 11:30 am EST


Friday, November 13

9:30 am EST Headline Interview: Nutrition and Diabetes in the United States     Watch On-Demand
This interview will survey the landscape of diabetes in America, focusing on how the growing nature of cities is leading to a surge in diabetes rates. We will also look at the role nutrition, healthy eating, and access to food play in addressing the epidemic.
  • 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 am EST Sponsor Content Segment, Presented by Novo Nordisk
  • Todd Hobbs, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Novo Nordisk North America
10:05 am EST Conversation: Mapping Diabetes in the City     Watch On-Demand
This conversation will showcase the challenge of diabetes in cities, and how communities are responding to the challenge.
  • 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 am EST Conversation: Citizens and Diabetes     Watch On-Demand
This conversation will discuss how patients and communities access and communicate with the public health system.
  • Christel Aprigliano, Chief Executive Officer, The Diabetes Collective
  • 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, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
11:10 am EST Closing Remarks
  • Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, AtlanticLIVE

About this conference

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 will consider the social determinants of diabetes, and what they require of the response.

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About The Atlantic

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