Colorado Diabetes Prevention Efforts
CSG Health Policy Task Force
Health Policy Academy: Diabetes: Finding Solutions for the States
December 3, 2012
An estimated 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, while another 79 million have prediabetes. Policymakers have a real chance to reduce the burden of diabetes on public health care systems, employers and individuals who have the disease. This session presented a number of promising state policy initiatives, such as partnering with community YMCAs to increase physical activity opportunities, encouraging appropriate care models in schools for children with diabetes and ensuring timely screening for gestational diabetes. State legislators who have championed prevention and treatment, community program managers and others who have joined the battle for better health outcomes spoke during this session.
Presentation by Katherine Blair, Health Policy Advisor, Office of Policy, Research & Legislative Affairs, Colorado Governor’s Office
Katherine serves as the health policy advisor to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a role she has held since late 2011. In this role, she coordinates the administration's policies on health and health care, is responsible for implementing primary components of state and federal health reform laws, and works with state agencies and outside organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors interested in the governor's position on health policy issues.
Prior to joining the Governor's Office of Policy, Research & Legislative Affairs, Katherine worked in health policy and health law in the private and public sectors, and was a nonprofit management consultant for organizations in Colorado and Washington, D.C. Katherine is a Kansas native who was raised in New York City and has lived in Colorado off-and-on (mostly "on") since 1996. She received her Master's degree and law degree from the University of Denver.