Policy and Community Strategies on Diabetes and Obesity

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by Abigail Barker, PhD; Hadeer Hegazy, MsC, BCNSP, BS Pharm; Ethan Bradley, MPH; and Leah Kemper, MPH | September 2022

In April 2022, the Center for Health Economics and Policy held a Transforming Healthcare in Missouri meeting to discuss ways to improve outcomes for diabetes and obesity in Missouri.  These conditions are critical problems for pediatric and adult populations in Missouri, with Missouri ranking 26th and 32nd among US states for health outcomes related to diabetes and obesity respectively.  Experts presented research and intervention models targeted at addressing diabetes and obesity, and event participants discussed these models and other ideas that have the potential to improve outcomes.  This paper summarizes the models presented, articulates the collective viewpoints of the stakeholders in attendance and provides policy recommendations developed at the meeting.