Brokers' & Employers' Critical Role in Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Time: 2pm EST | 11am PST

[Also available for free, on-demand viewing for all registrants starting on 5/3/2023]

Cost: Complimentary

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Webcast Overview:

According to the CDC, the U.S. obesity rate was 41.9% as of March 2020. Experts have declared this a public health crisis, but insurers and employers have been slow to recognize their role in fighting this costly, chronic disease. Approximately half of the country gets their health coverage through an employer-related plan so it's true that employers and benefits providers play a critical role in the health of Americans. Any meaningful inroads into the fight against obesity will require employers to play a leading role through obtaining the right benefits for their organization. Explore the impact you can have in the fight against obesity, and discover tangible steps to consider in reducing obesity rates as well as lowering overall long-term health costs.

Join this complimentary webcast to discover the scope of the crisis caused by the obesity epidemic, and what impact brokers and employers can have. You'll also learn about:

  • The array of new treatment options and the importance of access to preventive care

  • The disproportionate impact obesity has on communities of color

  • The importance of chronic disease de-stigmatization around obesity

  • And more!

Featured Speakers:

George J. Huntley (Moderator) | Chief Executive Officer | Diabetes Leadership Council

George Huntley is a founding member of the Diabetes Leadership Council and currently serves as CEO of both the Diabetes Leadership Council and its affiliate, the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition. He has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1983 and has 3 other family members also living with type 1. A passionate advocate for people with diabetes, George served as the National Chair of the Board of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in 2009. George is also the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Theoris Group, Inc., a professional services firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana that provides engineering and information technology solutions. In his corporate role George has been the plan administrator of a self-insured health plan for over 20 years.

Dr. Carlos Campos | Clinical Adjunct Professor | University of Texas Health Science Center

Carlos Campos is a clinical adjunct professor for the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and has been practicing primary care medicine in Texas, since 1984. Carlos also serves as executive director of The Institute for Public Health and Education Research Inc., a non-profit corporation that Dr. Campos established to improve quality of life by addressing public health needs and critical education issues. In 1993, he was the chief of staff of McKenna Memorial Hospital and the founding medical director for the Resolute Health Center for Wellbeing/Diabetic Center. Dr. Campos has multiple publications on obesity and diabetes-related topics and was previously on the editorial board for the journal Clinical Diabetes. In May 2012, he received his certified diabetes care and education specialist status.He is also board certified in obesity medicine.

Dr. Eden Miller | CEO | Diabetes and Obesity Care

Dr. Eden Miller, an Osteopathic board-certified Family Practitioner, received her medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997. Recently completing her certification in Obesity management, she is the founder of Diabetes Nation a nonprofit organization, and CEO of Diabetes and Obesity Care LLC. Dr. Miller has cultivated a special interest in diabetes, after contracting type-1 diabetes while in medical school. Out of that personal experience, her practice has extended into a subspecialty in diabetes care.

Rebecca L. Pearl, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, Clinical and Health Psychology | University of Florida

Rebecca L. Pearl, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. She directs the Body Image and Stigma Lab, which conducts research on health- and appearance-related stigma. Her work primarily focuses on understanding the health consequences of weight stigma and developing interventions to reduce structural, interpersonal, and internalized stigma.

Alison Sexton Ward | Research Scientist, USC Schaeffer Center | University of Southern California

Alison Sexton Ward is an economist with extensive experience on healthcare policy and pharmaceuticals. Her research has focused on economic valuations of various therapies and drug classes, and the economic implications of drug pricing policies. She has spent most of her career working with pharmaceutical manufacturers, government agencies, and non-profit health organizations on topics ranging from drug pricing policies, social value of new treatments, and long-term survival prediction. Prior to joining USC, Alison worked as a senior associate with the Brattle Group where she designed and led economic analysis in support of litigation on health-related issues. Alison joins the Value of Life Science Innovation (VLSI) team led by Karen Van Nuys.

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