Diabetes reflections: Episode 2 & the Bristol Meyers Squibb foundation

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diabetes reflections 2 300x297 Diabetes reflections: Episode 2 & the Bristol Meyers Squibb foundation Today’s cheer is a diabetes reflection on the Bristol Meyers Squibb foundation which announced this week a $ 100 million dollar 5 year diabetes initiative named  Together on Diabetes® and is by far the the largest corporate philanthropic commitment to fight type 2 diabetes in the U.S.

What is unique about this initiative aside from the monetary is the fact that it will be used in non-medical support services that complement medical care and improve health outcomes. Focusing on the need for outside outreach programs which will bridge the gap between  physicians care and the day to day diabetes self management essentials.

“Type 2 diabetes is one of the United States’ greatest health challenges and disproportionately affects the poor, minorities and the elderly, many of whom are not receiving the care and support they need to improve their glycemic control,” says Lamberto Andreotti, chief executive officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Together on Diabetes® will draw on the strengths of communities and support public- and private-sector partners coming together to identify and implement disease management approaches that work for large segments of the population.”

It would be presumptuous to assume that diabetes has now infiltrated corporate culture and corporate responsibility in America today, but it is also  enriching to see a corporation take this step and it is a huge step, hopefully others will follow.

We all understand Diabetes as an ever growing epidemic affecting not only 24 million American but some 285 million more globally and yes it is a drain to the health care system, these are the stated facts diabetes care however is not just a drain on the health system but on the economy as well, the old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” comes to mind for it takes a complete synergy of resources from all corners of our society to fight this disease.

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