$1.6 million grant to help University of Florida researchers improve access to Type 1 diabetes care

Not all patients with Type 1 diabetes have access to the health care resources that can optimize their treatment.

Now, researchers at the University of Florida Diabetes Institute and Stanford University have been awarded a $1.6 million grant by The Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to study ways to improve access to care for underserved adults and children living with the disease.

The 18-month pilot grant will support the work of Michael J. Haller, M.D., a professor and chief of pediatric endocrinology in the UF College of Medicine, part of UF Health, and Ashby Walker, Ph.D., the director of health equity initiatives at the UF Diabetes Institute, along with collaborators at Stanford.

Living with and managing Type 1 diabetes can be difficult under the best circumstances. But for some patients, access to diabetes specialists can be particularly challenging. The researchers will work with primary care health providers in Florida and California to address the racial, socioeconomic and geographic disparities that affect health outcomes among these patients.

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