Diabetes: Finding Solutions for the States

2012 National Conference

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.

Session Summary:

The Diabetes Health Policy Academy featured four speakers each of whom addressed public policy solutions for the growing epidemic of diabetes in the United States.

Marti Macchi, Senior Consultant for Diabetes from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, provided an overview of what the current research tells us about effective detection, prevention and treatment programs.

Nicole Johnson, from the University of South Florida and a former Miss America who herself was diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager, discussed the impact of diabetes on women and policies states could adopt to deal with gestational diabetes.

Ivan Lanier talked about the Safe at Schools program of the American Diabetes Association. Katherine Blair discussed the diabetes program adopted in Colorado as one of Governor Hickenlooper’s health priorities.

Speakers and Presentations:

“What is the Evidence Base on Successful Diabetes Prevention and Treatment?”

 Marti MacchiSenior Consultant for Diabetes, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

  Download the Presentation: "Policy Solutions for Prevention and Control of Diabetes" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

Panel: Public Policy Solutions for the States

  Nicole Johnson, Executive Director, Bringing Science Home, University of South Florida

  Download the Presentation: "The Impact of Diabetes: Women Have Important Needs" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

Ivan Lanier, National Director of State Government Relations, American Diabetes Association

  Download the Presentation: "Keeping Kids with Diabetes Safe at School" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

 Katherine Blair, Health Policy Advisor, Office of Policy, Research & Legislative Affairs, Colorado Governor’s Office

 Download the Presentation: "Colorado Diabetes Prevention Efforts" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

Speaker Biographies:

Katherine Blair

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. 

Nicole Johnson
Nicole has served as an international consultant and advocate for diabetes issues for more than twelve years.  She has worked tirelessly promoting awareness, prevention and early detection of the condition she has shared since 1993.

Nicole is a Telly award-winning television journalist and an avid writer. Her articles on living with diabetes have appeared in Diabetic Cooking Magazine, Guideposts Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, Diabetes Health, USA Today and on various websites related to diabetes. She has written six books including her most recent diabetes cookbook, Nicole Johnson’s Diabetes Recipe Makeovers and her autobiography, Living with Diabetes.

In 2010, Nicole secured funding and is the executive director for an innovative project called Bringing Science Home at the University of South Florida.  This project investigates the connection between chronic disease, family dynamics and optimistic living.

Nicole also serves on numerous health related advisory boards including the Florida Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council and the Tampa Bay chapters of the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She is also a past national board member for the American Diabetes Association and an appointee to the National Institutes of Health Council of Public Representatives.

Over the last 12 years, Nicole has helped raise over $26 million for diabetes research and programs. She is passionate about promoting public participation and understanding of research.

Nicole has been recognized for her work in diabetes around the world.  She is a recipient of the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association, The C. Everett Koop Medal for Health Promotion from the American Diabetes Association, the Hero Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Victory over Diabetes Medal from the Polish Diabetes Association as well as awards from the Japan Diabetes Association, Australian Diabetes Associations, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Regent University and the University of South Florida.

Nicole holds Master’s degrees in Journalism and Public Health and is currently seeking her Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida. 

Marti Macchi
As the senior consultant for diabetes with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Marti oversees all diabetes-related projects and initiatives. Prior to joining NACDD, Macchi served as the  director of special studies for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment where she was responsible for state initiatives involving policy, systems and environmental change approaches aimed at diabetes prevention and control, heart disease and stroke prevention, arthritis, physical activity, nutrition and obesity prevention. Additionally, Macchi’s career experience has focused on disease prevention, health promotion and community wellness initiatives in both the clinical and community settings. She has supervised a large staff of clinicians focusing on obesity treatment, cardiac and stroke rehabilitation, diabetes management, physical and occupational therapy and various other health promotion programs.

Macchi, a California native, currently resides in Topeka, Kan. and  holds a Masters of Education in Exercise Science from Wichita State University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


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