Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Stigma, Bias, and Barriers to Care: Understanding Obesity as a Health Equity Issue

Recent data from the CDC has shown a drastic increase in the number of states where at least 35% of residents are affected by obesity, highlighting persistent disparities. Factors such as education, income, race, and environmental conditions play a significant role in influencing obesity rates. To combat these disparities and promote comprehensive strategies for obesity care, it is crucial to understand and tackle weight stigma and bias, even when unintended, as they adversely impact access to care and health outcomes.

Join Novo Nordisk and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce for an expert panel discussion focused on addressing the pressing issues impacting employee care in relation to obesity. Panelists will delve into the social and environmental factors that have contributed to disparities in obesity prevalence, giving participants valuable insights into coordinating and integrating a chronic care model to effectively support patients with obesity.

Furthermore, the discussion will also explore how health benefit and policy designs can be reviewed through an equity lens, specifically in relation to weight management. By examining these aspects, participants will be equipped with strategies to develop inclusive and equitable approaches to obesity care within their organizations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join industry experts, professionals, and thought leaders in this engaging panel discussion, as we collectively work towards removing inequities in obesity care and fostering a healthier workforce.

Dr. Ajanta Patel, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion | Chicago Department of Public Health

Dr. Veronica R. Johnson, MD

Obesity Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor | Northwestern Medicine

Dr. Nicole Brady

Chief Medical Officer | UnitedHealthcare

Dr. Sumit Dutta

Chief Medical Officer | OptumRx


Craig Schmidt, PharmD

Medical Accounts Associate Director | Novo Nordisk

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