Diabetes remains a large and growing public health emergency with disproportionate impact on people of color in terms of prevalence, co-morbid conditions, emergency department use, and mortality. The COVID-19 pandemic has only further increased racial disparities and health risks. The Diabetes Working Group and Equity Task Force (DWG) is assisting the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) and its Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC) in reducing diabetes risk in people of color and promoting equity in outcomes.

Diabetes Working Group and Equity Task Force (DWG)

• Launched as private-public partnership to promote equity in diabetes treatment and outcomes
• Programs include education and quality improvement support for clinical teams and research, as well as community engagement activities to address social determinants of health and research

Some of Our Programs

•Community-Based Diabetes Education in New Orleans, LA – Collaboration between the Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project, Tulane University School of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Public Health, and SANKOFA NOLA to have trained medical students provide education to Black patients with diabetes so as to enhance understanding and management of their condition while accessing healthy foods

• Tele-education and Health Food Resources for Hispanic Patients with Poorly Controlled Health in Corona, NY – The Federally Qualified Health Center, Plaza del Sol, is reaching out to their patients with poorly controlled diabetes via telehealth to provide education about the disease and to provide healthy food access

• Exhausting and Expensive: Themes from a Virtual Town Hall of African American Patients with Diabetes – This virtual meeting of patients with diabetes from two black communities in Baltimore City and Prince Georges county Maryland revealed the struggles faced in understanding and effectively managing diabetes

• DRIVE Toolkit for Promoting Equity in Advanced Diabetes Management and Outcomes – Flagship online program that supports clinicians and health systems in implementing quality improvement and educational programs

• Webinar Series: COVID-19 and Diabetes – A series of webinars provided up-to-date information on the interaction of COVID-19 and diabetes especially in African American populations and the importance of COVID-19 immunization AND strong diabetes management 

Expert Members of the Diabetes Working Group and Equity Task Force

Helen Arteaga Landaverde, MPH, NYC Health + Hospitals/ Elmhurst

Angie Bricco, Sanofi

Carla Boutin-Foster, MD, MS, Downstate Health Sciences University

Augusto Enrique Caballero-Robles, MD, Harvard Medical School

Kelly Close, diaTribe Foundation

Joycelyn A Cornthwaite, RD, McGovern Medical School

Jaime Davidson, MD, FACP, MACE, UT Southern Medical Center

Eric T. Edgell, PharmD, MS

Dapne Ferdinand, PhD, RN, Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project

Keith Ferdinand, MD, FACC ,FAHA , FASPC, FNLA, Tulane University School of Medicine

Rashida Ferdinand, Sankofa NOLA

Marilyn Fraser, MD, Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

Karen Gillespie, NovoNordisk

Shirley Girouard, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jorge Gomez

Lupe Govea

Laura Lee Hall, PhD, National Minority Quality Forum, Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity

Meg Jordan, MPH, University of Maryland School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity

Michelle Leigh Kimbrough, Eli Lilly

Terris King, ScD, King Enterprise Group, LLC

Christel Marchand Aprigliano, Beyond Type1

David Marrero, PhD, The University of Arizona Health Sciences

Anna Norton, Diabetes Sisters

Henry Nuss, PhD, LSU School of Public Health

Krzysztof Pierko, MD, MBA, FACP, CHCQM

Gary Puckrein, PhD, National Minority Quality Forum

Elvira Rella, Urban Health Plan

Henry J Rodrique, Merk

Nataliya Shaforost, DNP FNP-C CDCES

Kristen Stevens Hobbs, MPH, CPH

Ada Stewart, MD, FAAFP

Stephen B Thomas, PhD, University of Maryland School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity

Daniel Verdi, MD, GSK

Andrew Vilsinska, Sanofi

Peter Vigliarolo, Padilla

Helen Woo, Sankofa NOLA

Stacy Zulueta, PharmD, BCACP, Walmart

Kacey Creel, Diversity in diabetes

Jasmine Gonzalvo, PharmD, BC-ADM, CDCES, FADCES, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University, Eskenazi Health

Bruce taylor, Dex.com

Kate Thomas, ADCES