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.

Know Diabetes by Heart Workshop: Advancing Health Equity Skills for Health Care Professionals

Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm ET

Watch this interactive workshop that focuses on the urgent need to address social determinants of health in underserved patient populations with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


Learn strategies to identify and bridge different styles of communication, assess the need for support and resources, and weave culturally competent engagement tactics during your clinical exams. This expert panel will showcase some best practices through real-world case studies and audience members will be invited to practice these patient empowerment strategies in small-group breakouts with the faculty. Space is limited, so register now for this workshop!

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how social determinants of health contribute to health inequities.
  • Discuss how health disparities affect diabetes and cardiovascular disease management and outcomes.
  • Identify strategies to address health disparities and patient empowerment to improve diabetes care.

Enrique Caballero, MD

Enrique Caballero, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ruban Dhaliwal, MD, MPH

Ruban Dhaliwal, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital

Tiffany Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH

Tiffany Powell-Wiley, MD, MPH, National Institutes of Health

Beyond Awareness: How Do We Reverse Compounded Disparities in Diabetes and Heart Disease?

Delivering good health to all Americans, including groups that have faced discrimination or exclusion, has become a national priority. Health inequities related to diabetes and cardiovascular disease are well documented and are associated with poorer outcomes. How can health care providers adjust course and advocate for their patients? How can they bridge patient needs and societal issues? What interventions actually work? In this sponsored virtual salon, three leading experts will discuss the path to good health for all.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and understand the significance of higher prevalence rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease among different racial/ethnic groups.
  • Define and provide examples of social determinants of health and their role in diabetes and cardiovascular disease, health care access, and self-management.
  • Reflect on, assess, and take steps to reduce implicit or unconscious bias in your own practice.
  • Introduce broad solutions for addressing disparities and inequities (community health workers, plain language, etc.)

A. Enrique Caballero, MD

A. Enrique Caballero, MD (Endocrinologist, Harvard Medical School)

Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP

Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP (Medical Director of the Intensive Diabetes Education and Support Program, University of Utah)

K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA

K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA (Researcher, Emory University)

Health Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment

Listen as Dr. Eduardo Sanchez from the American Heart Association and Dr. Robert Gabbay from the American Diabetes Association discuss social determinants of health and disparities in health and health care in individuals with type 2 diabetes at risk for cardiovascular disease and COVID-19 and what can be done to improve their outcomes.

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2020 Episode 9 – Health Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment

2020 Episode 9 – Health Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, MS is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention and Chief of the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation for the American Heart Association (AHA). Additionally, Dr. Sanchez helps to oversee the work of the AHA Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation and serves on numerous national and state advisory committees. Prior to joining AHA, he served as CMO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). Dr. Sanchez is board certified in family medicine.

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, MS

Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD is Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of the American Diabetes Association and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and recently transition from his role as Chief Medical Office at the Joslin Diabetes Center. His research focuses on innovative models of diabetes care to improve to enhance diabetes outcomes and improve the lives of people with diabetes. Along with an extensive peer reviewed publication record, his views have appeared in popular press such as the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, People, Oprah, and National Public Radio.

Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD