#ADA2021 AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION focuses on health disparities deepened by pandemic during 81st Scientific Sessions

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Leading diabetes researchers and clinicians from around the world highlight impact of
health disparities on diabetic care

WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2021) – The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) is
highlighting the latest understanding of how to address health disparities laid bare by
the pandemic at the virtual 81st Scientific Sessions. Taking place June 25–29, the ADA’s
Scientific Sessions is world’s largest scientific meeting focused on diabetes research,
prevention, and care.

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These expert discussions come at a time when 76% of Americans currently living in
poverty are people of color. Diabetes prevalence is inversely related to household
income level, with the poorest communities seeing the highest rates. Black Americans
and Latinos are more than 50% likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic white
Americans and Black Americans with diabetes are more likely than white Americans
with diabetes to receive care at lower-performing health care facilities.


“We can’t improve the health of all Americans without first addressing health inequities
in our health care system. It’s crucial that we take a groundwater approach to solving
these problems so that the solutions are both sustainable and effective. We have an
obligation to dismantle these inequities and eliminate the devastating impact they have
on families and communities,” said Tracey D. Brown, CEO of the ADA. “I look forward to
the discussion of the real problems AND the solutions during our Scientific Sessions to
help share key learnings and set the groundwork for how we treat patients moving

Topics ranging from the social determinants of health, to lessons learned during the
pandemic of remote monitoring and the explosion in use of telehealth medicine among
people with diabetes will be covered. Experts will also explore the racial disparities
being seen in amputation outcomes. The following sessions highlighted are just a few of
the many Health Equity sessions being presented.


In addition, the ADA will also host an exclusive press event on Monday, June 28 at 7:00
p.m. ET discussing the link between COVID-19 and diabetes. The event will feature
initial results from two studies that were part of $1 million investment in research

projectsinvestigating the link between COVID-19 and diabetes.Learn more about the
event or register.


Chair: Marshall Chin,MD, MPH

•Effects of Housing Insecurity
•Effects of Neighborhood and Built Environment
•Effects ofStructural Violence
SUNDAY,JUNE27,4:30–6:30 p.m. ETSymposium:RemoteMonitoringandUseofTelehealth—LessonsLearnedfromaPandemic

Presenter:Lindsay S. Mayberry,PhD

•Can Remote Monitoring and Interventions Lessen Health Disparities in DiverseEthnic/Racial Communities?


To attendtheADA’svirtual81stScientific Sessions, visittheofficialRegistrationInformationpage formore details.Members of the press should submit an applicationfor press registration.Registration includes access to all sessions during the five-daymeeting and unlimited access to all virtual content for90days followingthe meeting
dates.Stay tuned foran exclusive ADA #HealthEquityNowevent coming laterthissummer.


About the ADA’s Scientific Sessions

The ADA’s 81stScientific Sessions, the world’s largest scientificmeeting focused on
diabetesresearch, prevention,and care will be held virtually June 25–29. Leading
physicians, scientists,and health care professionals from around the world will unveilcutting-edgeresearch, treatmentrecommendations,and advances toward a cure fordiabetes. Though the conference will be remote this year,attendeeswill receive exclusive access to nearly 2,000 original research presentationsand take part inprovocative and engaging exchangeswithleading diabetes experts. Learn more and
register atscientificsessions.diabetes.organd join the Scientific Sessions conversation
on socialmedia using #ADA2021.

Aboutvthe AmericanDiabetes Association

Every day,more than4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. More
than 122 million Americans have diabetesorprediabetes and are striving to manage
their lives while livingwith thecondition. The ADA is the nation’s leading voluntaryhealth organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetesepidemic and help people
living with diabetes thrive. For 80 years,the ADA hasbeen driving discovery and
research to treat,manage,and prevent diabetes whileworking relentlessly for a cure.
We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rightsand developing programs,
advocacy,and education designed to improve their qualityof life. Diabetes has broughtus together,what we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to getinvolved, visit us atdiabetes.orgor call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).Join thefight with uson Facebook(American Diabetes Association), Twitter(@AmDiabetesAssn),and Instagram(@AmDiabetesAssn).


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