Tackling Diabetes: Solutions to a Complex Disease

On December 6th, 2016, PhRMA gathered members of Congress, leaders in the diabetes community, payers, providers and the biopharmaceutical industry in coordination with The Hill publication at The Newseum for a special event titled, “Tackling Diabetes: Solutions to a Complex Disease.”

Diabetes is a major public health challenge in the United States where more than 30 million Americans currently suffer from the disease. Eight million of those are undiagnosed. This complex set of diseases is seen as a growing economic burden on the country, costing $245 billion annually in medical care and lost productivity.

The discussion, led by The Hill’s National Correspondent Reid Wilson and Health Care Reporter Sarah Ferris, addressed how to stop the spread of this disease through policy initiatives and regulatory reforms and explored how the current landscape of diabetes care could be changed by a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

For more, please view The Hill's event recap video here.

Speakers also focused on the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, prevention and removing barriers to quality care.


    • Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust
    • Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Co-Chair, Congressional Diabetes Caucus
    • Karen Kmetik, Group Vice President, Health Outcomes, American Medical Association
    • Paul Baker, Senior Director of Programs, National Alliance for Hispanic Health
    • Celeste James, Director, Community Health Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic
    • Barbara Linder, MD, Program Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    • Ken Thorpe, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
    • Stephen J. Ubl, President and Chief Executive Officer, PhRMA
    • Scott Whitaker, President and Chief Executive Officer, AdvaMed
    • Sarah Ferris, Health Care Reporter, The Hill
    • Reid Wilson, National Correspondent, The Hill

Time and Place:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Program began at 8:30 am and concluded at 10:30 am.

The Newseum, 3rd Floor, Knight Broadcast Studio (555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001)

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