Policy Solutions for Prevention and Control of Diabetes

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.

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.

Presentation by Marti Macchi, Senior Consultant for Diabetes, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

"Policy Solutions for Prevention and Control of Diabetes"

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.