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The Harvard Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases

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The Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact Team at The George Institute for Global Health would like to invite you to a presentation by Dr. Lindsay Jaacks from the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Jaacks will be presenting her work on “The Harvard Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases."


About Dr Jaacks:

Dr. Lindsay Jaacks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Visiting Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India in Delhi. Prior to her appointment at Harvard Chan, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center in Atlanta. Dr. Jaacks has served as a consultant to the U.K. Department for International Development on addressing overweight/obesity in low-income countries, and is currently serving as a consultant to RTI International on estimating the impact of food and nutrition policies on diabetes.

The overarching vision of Dr. Jaacks research program is to advance our knowledge of the intersection between the food system and health system with respect to cardio-metabolic health, and to apply that knowledge to develop interventions to halt the increase in obesity and diabetes, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Her current projects can be characterized by two broad categories: (1) those addressing primary prevention (exposures in the food system) of obesity and diabetes, and (2) those addressing secondary prevention (health system performance) of cardio-metabolic diseases. Projects include both observational and intervention studies using quantitative and qualitative approaches, and, importantly, span the biochemical-population spectrum.



The Harvard Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases:

Population aging, economic development, and urbanization have led to an epidemiological transition in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that has been characterized by a rapid rise in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidaemia.

As part of the Harvard Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases (HPACC), we will collate and analyse existing individual-level de-identified data from large, nationally representative population-based surveys to address the following three specific aims:

(1) to determine unmet need for care (diagnosis, lifestyle counselling, and prescription of allopathic medications) for diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, and multimorbidity among adults in LMICs;

(2) quantify health system performance for diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, and multimorbidity by constructing cascades of care;

(3) to estimate the association of distal factors (socioeconomic characteristics) and proximal factors (tobacco, alcohol, diet, and exercise) with diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, and multi morbidity.

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