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Stakeholder Dialogue on Diabetes

The effect from diabetes on urban communities is substantial, and diabetes is a significant driver of chronic disease and health care costs in Houston and Harris County. One in ten people in Houston and Harris County have diabetes, thousands more are at risk,1 and by 2020, it is predicted to impact close to 600,000 Houstonians.2 The American Diabetes Association estimates that annual per capita health care expenditure is 2.3 times higher for people with diabetes than for those without diabetes.3

We need to take action now.  Join us for a Community Dialogue on May 14.

On May 14, Dr. Stephen Linder with the Institute for Health Policy at the UT School of Public Health will share data from the first phase of the Cities Changing Diabetes initiative – a map of diabetes in Houston, including illuminating data at the neighborhood level. Following this, a panel of Houston health care, faith, business and community leaders will discuss major themes and implications from Dr. Linder’s research.

We believe that when businesses, city leaders and planners, health care professionals, academics, and community leaders join together, we can transform our cities into healthier places to live. We ask you to join the dialogue about how we can apply this new information to better address the epidemic in Houston. Come join us!

Cities Changing Diabetes brings together leading organizations in the area that have joined forces with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services and Novo Nordisk Inc. to map the impact of diabetes in Houston and help generate solutions to reduce its incidence and severity. 

Thursday, May 14, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Houston Learning and Development Center
4501 Leeland Street
Houston, TX 77023
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1.      Health of Houston Survey. HHS 2010 A First Look. Houston, TX: Institute for Health Policy, The University of Texas School of Public Health, 2011.

2.      Eschbach K, Fonseca V, Madsen K; Texas Health Institute. Responding to the Epidemic: Strategies for Improving Diabetes Care in Texas.  Published November 2010. Accessed February 27, 2015.

3.     Dalt TM, Mann SE, Zhang J, et al. Economic costs of diabetes in the US in 2007. Diabetes Care, 2008; 31:3, Doi:10.2337/dc08-9017.