The Lessons Learned from the History of Identifying and Addressing Health Disparities in Endocrinology and Diabetes
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Alicia Diaz-Thomas, MD, MPH
University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

A Historical Overview of Endocrine Health Disparities-Past Contributors and Present Day Solutions
Sherita Golden, MD, MHS
Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Presented at ENDO 2021, this presentation focused on a historical aspect of endocrinology, reviewed the history of contributors to disparities in endocrine disorders as well as discussed interventions shown to be effective in reducing those disparities and achieving greater health equity. 

Dr. Sherita Hill Golden is the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She holds joint appointments in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. She served as Director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Inpatient Glucose Management Program from 2003-2018 and as Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine from 2015-2019.  Dr. Golden graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park and Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Virginia School of Medicine before training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  During her endocrinology fellowship she received a Master of Health Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where she was elected to the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society.

The author of more than 180 articles, Dr. Golden’s epidemiological research interests focus on two areas: (1) endogenous sex hormones as risk factors for CVD, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance in post-menopausal women and (2) mental health complications of diabetes and the biological, hormonal, and behavioral factors that might explain these associations. Her health services research focuses on understanding and eliminating diabetes health disparities and implementing and evaluating systems interventions to improve patient safety and quality of care in hospitalized patients with diabetes.  She serves as the Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins site of the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcome Study and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.  In 2017 she was the co-recipient of the Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Medical Alumni Association, and Medical School Foundation, which recognizes professional accomplishment, outstanding innovation, and exemplary leadership in the field of Medicine. In 2018 Dr. Golden was named a winner of the 17th Annual Women Worth Watching Awards from the Profiles in Diversity Journal. She was one of 132 winners from across the globe recognized as an executive leading the way to excellence in the workplace, marketplace and the world. Dr. Golden is also the recipient of the 2019 University of Virginia Distinguished Alumna Award. She is a devoted mentor and served as Director of the Epidemiology and Clinical Research in Diabetes and Endocrinology Training Grant from 2010-2019. She is a member of the American Diabetes Association National Board of Directors.

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