Addressing Diabetes and Reducing Obesity
In accordance with the 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment and strategic direction from University of Utah Health, addressing diabetes and obesity while reducing obesity-related chronic conditions is a major focus.
We have committed as a system to continue to advocate for clear, science-supported policy recommendations on public health needs related to obesity and diabetes. Leveraging our integrated health system, we will continue working alongside our partners and patients with chronic conditions to better coordinate their care. We will also expand health coaching to more patients with chronic conditions.
News & Updates
Targeting T Cell Protein Could Prevent Type 1 Diabetes
Researchers at University of Utah, including Dean Tantin and colleagues, have identified a new therapeutic target to treat patients with type 1 diabetes. The study about proteins called OCA-B was published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM).
U of U Health Expert Aids Passage of Diabetes Legislation
Living with diaabetes isn't easy. But thanks to the joint efforts of University of Utah scientist Michelle Litchman, state legislator Norm Thurston, and other diabetes advocates, a new law could offer an important lifeline to Utahans with diabetes who depend on insulin to survive.
Pioneering the Future by Redefining Diabetes
Redefining Diabetes tells the tales of four paradigm-shifting accomplishments that are unraveling the complexities of the disease, revealing previously unrecongnized opportunities for intervention and celebrating high-impact discoveries made at University of Utah Health.
Tailoring Diabetes Care To the Hispanic Community
Nancy Allen's clinical and academic work at University of Utah Health focuses on the self-management of diabetes in defferent racial, thnic, and vulnerable populations- particularly the Hispanic community, which has a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a genetic condition.
Sea Snail, Human Insulin Hybrid Could Lead to Better Diabetes Treatments
Nearly a century after insulin was discovered, an international team of researchers, including U of U Health scientists, have developed the world's smallest, fully functional version of the hormone, combining the potency of human insulin with the fast-acting potential of a cone snail venom.
Strategies to Meet CHNA Requirements
Below are specific strategies and initiatives related to diabetes, obesity, and obesity-related chronic conditions that University of Utah Healths commits to as part of the Community Health Needs Assessment process and will work towards over the next three years:
Strengthen and support community-focused programs for addressing obesity & diabetes prevention
- Increase the number of encounters between community members and The Wellness Bus by 5% each year for the next 3 years
- Increase participation in both the Crush Diabetes and the Team Thrive childhood diabetes prevention programs by 5% each year for the next 3 years
- Increase the reach of evidence-based programs for individuals with obesity in underserved populations
- Create an obesity & diabetes prevention, education, and outreach taskforce to coordinate efforts to reach out to and learn from underrepresented populations
Improve access to healthy food
- Research and create a food pharmacy that could be piloted in a minimum of two U of U Health clinics
- Increase participation in the Food Movement and You program by 5% each year for the next 3 years
Increase screenings, referrals, and treatment for obesity and diabetes programs
- Increase the number of patients that can access care through Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology center
- Increase the number of patients who participate in the Intensive Diabetes Education And Support (IDEAS) program
- Increase the number of patients who participate in a Comprehensive Weight Management Program
Encourage our employees to participate in health and wellness programs
- Implement a diabetes initiative to help our employees and their families prevent and manage diabetes
- Encourage participation in programs available to employees