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Dr. Jose Pagan of the New York Academy of Medicine to speak on diabetes issues Oct. 16

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NYAM health innovation director to speak on diabetes issues

Diabetes Institute partners with CHSP’s Grover Lecture Series for Oct. 16 presentation

With more than 29 million cases nationwide, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.  Its prevalence makes it a well-documented healthcare concern, but a related issue that is discussed less often is the disease’s economic impact on the nation.  

According to a study commissioned by the American Diabetes Association, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 was $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity. 

On Oct. 16, Director of the Center for Health Innovation, New York Academy of Medicine, José Pagán will discuss this issue in his lecture, “Healthcare Reform and the Business Case for Diabetes Programs” scheduled for 3-4 p.m. in Grover W115.

Pagán is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar with expertise in health economics and health services research. He received his PhD in economics from the University of New Mexico and is also Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Executive Director of Ohio University’s Diabetes Institute, Darlene Berryman, PhD, RD, LD, says Pagán is a prominent health economist who will provide insight into cost effective means of treating the diabetes epidemic.

“Dr. Pagán is a leading authority on innovation in healthcare and health economics. He will present the case that chronic diseases such as diabetes are often preventable and that lifestyle changes are less expensive than traditional treatment options,” Berryman said.

Berryman has been with the University’s Diabetes Institute since it was created in 2012. Its goal is to bring together the many diabetes-related programs throughout the University in an effort to best address one of the most critical health-care issues facing Americans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in three Americans born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes. Although the incidence in Ohio is higher than in the rest of the nation at 9.5%, it is higher still—at 11.5%—in southeastern Appalachian Ohio. 

The Grover Lecture Series, hosted by Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, honors the accomplishments and distinguished tenure of two outstanding individuals closely linked to the University: Ann O. Grover and her late husband, Brandon T. "Tad" Grover. 

The upcoming lecture is the first to be jointly supported by the Diabetes Institute and the Grover Lecture Series and will include healthy refreshments as well as a question and answer time with Dr. Pagán. For more information, contact Jody Van Bibber at 740.593.2903 or vanbibbe@ohio.edu