Diabetes in America: High Costs and the Policy Debate

RECORDED: JAN 30, 2018 | 9 AM PT | 12 PM ET

The rate of new diabetes cases is finally stabilizing, after 20 years of escalation. However, the overall cost of treating diabetes is skyrocketing, because people are now living much longer with the chronic disease. Seniors with diabetes tend to have much more expensive healthcare needs than younger diabetics—roughly twice as much per year.

We will discuss the latest trends, treatments, and debate with our public health expert from Berkeley Center for Health Technology.

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The webinar will cover:

  • CDC data for the most recent years on diabetes-related deaths

  • Estimated lifetime costs of treatment

  • Emerging diabetes solutions

  • The current policy debate around covering the high costs of chronic diseases

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Meet Our Panelists


Kimberly MacPherson MPH, MBA

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Kimberly MacPherson is the Executive Director of Graduate Program in Health Management for the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, which prepares Berkeley MBA students to deliver innovative solutions in the healthcare field. Additionally she is Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology. 


Adnan Mahmud


Adnan Mahmud is founder and CEO of LiveStories, which provides an online platform with civic data library for non-technical users to analyze data and communicate insights. Prior to founding to LiveStories, Adnan worked for over 8 years at Microsoft, where he managed their largest data pipelines and received multiple patents in data analysis and visualization. In addition, Adnan is co-founder of Jolkona, a non-profit that provides mentorship and training for social entrepreneurs. Adnan is passionate about using data and technology to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.



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