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WashU: Efforts to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes Must Reach Beyond Clinical Care

Diabetes-prevention strategies should intervene in early childhood settings, the broader community and the places where clinics and communities connect, according to a new report from the Washington University in St. Louis Brown School Public Health Programs.

Doctoral students and faculty of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at Washington University in St. Louis. (Photo © Whitney Curtis)

Photo:  Dr. Jason Purnell

Building on recommendations by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America, experts at WashU and the Washington University School of Medicine provide an overview of the evidence for each approach and a model for enacting policies to put best practices into effect.

“Evidence-based interventions that target young children are essential in ensuring healthy growth and development, including obesity prevention,” wrote Dr. Jason Purnell, the lead author and assistant professor at WashU, and his co-authors.  Access to affordable, healthy food and a team-based approach by community health workers are also key to addressing disadvantaged, underserved populations, they wrote.

The report was published May 7 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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