Brenden O'Hara Discusses Tackling Diabetes in Disproportionately Affected Groups

Tackling disparities in diabetes management first requires collecting data and identifying affected groups before being able to take action, explained Brenden O'Hara, RPh, BCACP, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Tackling disparities in diabetes management requires collecting data and identifying affected groups before being able to take action, explained Brenden O'Hara, RPh, BCACP, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

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Black and Latino Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes. Are there any example of health system-health plan partnerships you will be talking about at AMCP Nexus that have tackled the problems of diabetes management?
Nothing right now. But social and diversity inclusion equity drivers continue to be something that we continue to focus on and build out. So, we do have, again, the separate different health systems as well as health plans are gathering this information. But really over the next year or 2, we really need to focus on bringing that information together.

So, far this year, we have not transitioned to doing that. It has been really building out the communication and the process and identifying these. And then adding that additional layer of those unique groups that are disproportionately affected is kind of a next layer for us, as long as we've kind of laid the groundwork for building and identifying and helping to improve some of the outcomes and decrease medication utilization.