Sharon Grace
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September 13, 2017

AMGA Foundation and American Diabetes Association Host More than 100 Diabetes Leaders in Indianapolis
Health system and medical group leadership convene as part of Diabetes: Together 2 Goal® campaign

INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Today, AMGA Foundation and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will host more than one hundred top diabetes leaders here at a day-long symposium to share best practices for improving care for patients living with type 2 diabetes.

Leadership from health systems and medical groups nationwide are convening as part of AMGA Foundation’s Diabetes: Together 2 Goal® campaign at the symposium, which seeks to improve care for one million patients with type 2 diabetes by 2019. The symposium explores how providers can implement ADA’s Standards of Care, the evidence-based guidelines for diabetes care, into practice within three campaign planks—adopting a treatment algorithm, assessing and addressing risk of cardiovascular disease, and integrating emotional and behavioral support. As a part of the Diabetes: Together 2 Goal campaign, 150 AMGA member medical groups and health systems have committed to adopting one or more planks.

“This meeting brings together the best and brightest to confront challenges in diabetes care that no one organization can take on alone,” said Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., president of AMGA Foundation and chief medical and quality officer of AMGA. “By combining the scientific expertise of the ADA with the clinical and practical expertise of AMGA membership, we will share the best practices for caring for our patients with type 2 diabetes.”

Attendees will hear from some of the country’s leading voices in diabetes care management, including

Deloris Ann Berrien-Jones, M.D., of Henry Ford Health System; Frank Colangelo, M.D., FACP, of Premier Medical Associates; Jim Dudl, M.D., of Kaiser Permanente and ADA’s Professional Practice Committee; John W. Kennedy, M.D., of Geisinger Health System; David G. Marrero, Ph.D., of The University of Arizona Health Sciences and ADA past president; and Paris Roach, M.D., of Indiana University School of Medicine and ADA’s Diabetes Forecast magazine.

"Together 2 Goal® is convening associations like ADA and organizations like AMGA members to tackle this epidemic using data-driven methods based on our Standards of Care to improve patient outcomes," said William Cefalu, M.D., the ADA’s chief scientific, medical and mission officer.  "Through partnerships like this, we will be able to make a difference in this disease."

The symposium is sponsored by and will feature exhibits from leading health industry organizations such as Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim, Dexcom, ADA’s Diabetes INSIDE, Janssen, Lightbeam Health Solutions, Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Optum, Roche, and West.

About the Together 2 Goal® Campaign
AMGA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AMGA, launched Together 2 Goal®, a three-year national campaign to fight the challenge of Type 2 diabetes on March 12, 2016. Together 2 Goal® includes more than 150 medical groups, health systems, non-profit partners, and corporate collaborators such as the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Novo Nordisk, Inc., Geisinger Health System, Henry Ford Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, and Ochsner Health System. The goal of the three-year campaign is to improve care for 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes by 2019.

About AMGA Foundation
AMGA Foundation is AMGA’s philanthropic arm that enables medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. AMGA Foundation serves as a catalyst, connector, and collaborator for translating the evidence of what works best in improving health and health care in everyday practice.

About AMGA
AMGA is a trade association leading the transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical groups and integrated systems of care, we advocate, educate, innovate, and empower our members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA is the national voice promoting awareness of medical groups’ recognized excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. More than 175,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans. For more information,

About American Diabetes Association
Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (Association) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the Association supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).