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Disparities and Inequalities in Diabetes CareThe Root of the Problem and Tangible Solutions

Learning Objectives
1. Recognize the existence of disparities in the incidence of diabetes, frequent comorbidities, and its complications in racial/ethnic minorities in comparison to the mainstream white population
2. Identify the contribution of biological, social, and cultural factors to existing disparities in diabetes care in our country
3. Recognize inequalities in the health care system that contribute to the evident gap in the quality of diabetes care in our society
4. Design feasible interventions that aim at eliminating disparities in diabetes care in routine clinical practice and/or in the day-to-day management of diabetes clinics and hospitals
1 Credit CME

This activity will focus on discussing current data on diabetes care disparities and inequities across racial/ethnic groups in the US. In addition, practical recommendations on how to improve diabetes care in high-risk populations by considering patient, health care provider, and health care system factors will be provided. This recording consists of two didactic presentations followed by an interactive and engaging panel discussion and question and answer session.

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