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2023 Episode 10 – Cultural Considerations in Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Listen to Traci Thompson, MD, MBA, CPE, Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS, and Alka Kanaya, MD discuss racial and ethnic considerations when screening and managing patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular disease (CVD), as well as related health care disparities and barriers in managing and treating T2D and CVD.

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2023 Episode 10 – Cultural Considerations in Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

2023 Episode 10 – Cultural Considerations in Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Alka Kanaya, MD is a professor of medicine at University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Kanaya has focused her research on type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention, specifically to identify and understand the causes for Asian American health disparities. She is the lead investigator for the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study, a community-based prospective cohort to identify sociocultural, behavioral, and biologic risk factors to explain the high rates of type 2 diabetes and heart disease among South Asians.
Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS  is an internist and clinical population researcher. Her research has focused on the study of diverse populations, chronic disease, and prevention. Dr. Palaniappan specifically seeks to address the gap in knowledge of health in Asian subgroups and other understudied racial/ethnic minorities. Her current work examines the clinical effectiveness of structured physical activity programs for diabetes management, as well as best exercise regimens for normal-weight diabetics. She was recently awarded a Midcareer Investigator Award by the National Institutes of Health to provide mentoring to junior clinical investigators in the conduct of patient-oriented research.
Traci Thompson, MD, MBA, CPE is a board-certified internist with an 18+ year experience as a healthcare executive. Dr. Thompson is currently CEO and Founder of Dr. Traci’s House Inc., a non-profit organization that aims to improve health equity by empowering the community within the very zip codes that currently correlate with worse health outcomes. Through its comprehensive and high-quality
programming of holistic wellness services, including behavioral, physical, dental, pharmaceutical, nutritional, and social services, Dr. Traci’s House will bring health, wellness and sustainability to local communities.