The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) of Harvard Law School will host Envisioning the Future of Type 2 Diabetes Policy: A PATHS Capstone Discussion in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 20, 2016. The capstone discussion will bring together experts to shape and drive CHLPI’s next steps to advance a diabetes policy agenda. The goal of this event is to focus CHLPI’s work and its partners’ work on the most promising strategies for improving nationwide health outcomes and addressing health disparities for people at risk for or living with type 2 diabetes.
Since 2012, CHLPI has worked in close partnership with numerous stakeholders to lead diabetes policy work at the local, state, and federal level as part of its Providing Access to Healthy Solutions (PATHS) initiative. By providing technical assistance and advocacy support to community-based advocates and providers and publishing research reports and hosting events for diabetes stakeholders, CHLPI has helped to identify and address gaps in diabetes services, promote opportunities for structural and systemic diabetes law and policy reforms, and establish stronger partnerships. Since the start of the PATHS initiative, CHLPI has seen tremendous success and promising movement in crucial areas of diabetes policy, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2016 announcement of its intention to provide Medicare coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program and the integration of food and nutrition services in Medicaid Managed Care and dual demonstration programs across the country.
The capstone discussion builds off of CHLPI’s PATHS initiative by assessing its accomplishments while looking toward next steps and the future of diabetes law and policy advocacy work. At the event, attendees will discuss key opportunities in the current policy landscape, including: strategies that have been most successful in moving the needle in critical areas in diabetes prevention and management; how to engage stakeholders who could play a larger role in the diabetes dialogue; areas where initial progress can be leveraged to drive broader change; and opportunities for ongoing collaboration and partnerships.
Also during the capstone discussion, CHLPI will release Beating Type 2 Diabetes: Best Practices for States, a report that outlines key policies and practices for states that want to improve access to preventive services, care, and treatment for type 2 diabetes.
Read Beating Type 2 Diabetes: Best Practices for States.
Read the executive summary of Beating Type 2 Diabetes: Best Practices for States.
Download the press release for the capstone and report release.