By Kimberly Harris
Blue Cross Blue Shield 

Combatting Diabetes: A Multifaceted Approach to Community Well-Being


November 23, 2023

Kimberly Harris is the Director of Community Health and Social at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

Diabetes is a pervasive health issue in the U.S., affecting nearly 1 in 10 Americans, with an additional 88 million adults at risk of developing the disease. The economic ramifications are staggering, contributing significantly to healthcare costs to the tune of $327 billion annually through both direct medical costs and the toll of reduced productivity.

Beyond the financial burden, diabetes often leads to other chronic conditions, including heart disease and kidney problems, compounding challenges for people as they try to manage their health. And as we continue to remove barriers to healt...

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