Safety Net National Resource Core 

 

There is now broad agreement that the Type 2 diabetes epidemic is arising from a constellation of socioecologic forces. These socio-environmental exposures accompany social disadvantage and poverty, with the result that vulnerable populations bear the brunt of the epidemic. Our CDTR Safety Net National Resource Core openly acknowledges and addresses this public health reality by partnering with social safety net systems across the US that serve individuals, families and communities at greatest risk of diabetes and its complications across a wide range of social needs. Our overarching goal is to provide translational investigators from our CDTR and our affiliates a critical set of services and resources, as well as access to our expertise and to new networks, enabling them to conduct their funded research more efficiently and effectively. We focus on the social safety net for this Core in accordance with “Sutton’s Law.” When the infamous bank robber, Willie Sutton, was queried by a reporter as to why he robbed banks, he replied simply, "Because that's where the money is." Similarly, although more benevolently, we aim to make available new collaborations that can create openings for diabetes translational researchers to develop innovative social and medical interventions for at-risk populations in the places they receive services, and on their terms. In other words, we propose building research bridges with social service agencies, including safety net healthcare systems, because that’s where the at-risk people are.

 

Faculty:

Dean Schillinger, Safety Net National Resource Core Lead, UCSF

Dominic Dizon, UCSF

Dennis Ross-Degnan, Harvard Pilgrim

Hilary Seligman, UCSF

Stephen Soumerai, Harvard Pilgrim