Diabetes Technology: Disparities, Access & Equity

Improvements in personal diabetes management continue to better the quality of life and care for millions of Americans. However, innovations in technologies like insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors are not equitably accessible, and disparities in race, education, income, and location can prevent some people with diabetes from receiving the care they need. 

With some studies suggesting the diabetes technology disparity gap has widened for American children in recent years, how is the medical community making these essential tools available for everyone? How can lawmakers prioritize equitable advancements in research, detection and care? And how can bias be eliminated in clinical trials, patient-physician relationships, marketing and more? 

On November 4, The Hill will convene policymakers, advocates and healthcare professionals to explore how disparities in diabetes caregiving and technology access impact vulnerable communities amid evolving population demographics.


Thursday, November 4, 2021
12:00PM ET/9:00AM PT



  • Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chair, Diabetes Caucus
  • Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Vice Chair, Diabetes Caucus
  • Dr. Ananta Addala, Pediatric Endocrinologist & Physician Scientist, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; Instructor, Pediatrics - Endocrinology & Diabetes, Stanford Medicine
  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Dr. Sanjoy Dutta, Vice President of Research, JDRF
  • Patti LaBelle, Diabetes Patient Advocate
  • Dr. Gary Puckrein, President & CEO, National Minority Quality Forum

Sponsor Perspective: 

  • Dr. Jasmine Gonzalvo, Director, Center for Health Equity and Innovation
  • Edward Hawthorne, Vice Chair of the Board, Diabetes Leadership Council


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill
  • Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill
  • Julia Manchester, Reporter, The Hill


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More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, and another 90 million Americans are at higher risk of developing the disease. Diabetes is a costly, chronic condition that requires 24-7 self-management using a complex treatment regimen to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range. Today too many people in the diabetes community struggle to access and afford needed care. The Diabetes Leadership Council unites former leaders of national diabetes organizations to drive policy solutions that improve the lives of all people impacted by diabetes. Our leaders come from different states, backgrounds and professions, but we are united in our passion for advocacy and our shared commitment to breaking down barriers to effective, affordable and equitable diabetes care. Learn more about the Diabetes Leadership Council and our priorities for patient-centered U.S. health care reform at diabetesleadership.org