Technologies Advancing Translation and Equity

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Disparities in socioeconomic status and diabetes prevention, care, and outcomes are pronounced in the Southeast, making it a key setting to address these unanswered questions on ways to optimize the reach, adoption, implementation, effectiveness, and maintenance of healthcare technologies. To advance this field, the GCDTR’s Regional Core supports research that informs the appropriate and equitable use of technologies for diabetes prevention and care.

The Core has three primary aims:

Establish a network of researchers, clinicians, and health administrators across Georgia, Florida and Tennessee to enhance knowledge sharing activities focused on technological approaches in diabetes prevention and care.
Provide expertise and consulting in five technological and methodological areas:

a.  Diversity driven approaches
b.  Patient interactive technologies
c.  Wearables and automated insulin delivery
d.  Artificial intelligence and Big Data
e.  Electronic health records and clinical decision support with specific guidance on reducing disparities and promoting equity.

Conduct focused technology assessments to identify research gaps (in our five key technology areas) that inform annual request for technology-focused pilot grant opportunities in diabetes prevention and care in underserved populations, older patients, and those with multimorbidity.

Core Leaders

Francisco Pasquel, MD, MPH

Co-Leader, Technologies Advancing Translation and Equity Core

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine,
Emory University School of Medicine

Nicoleta Serban, PhD, MS

Co-Leader, Technologies Advancing Translation and Equity Core

Peterson Professor of Pediatric Research
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Core Experts

David Baidal, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Miami

Research Interests:
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes; Insulin pump therapy; thyroid disorders

Peter Calhoun, PhD

Biostatistician, Jaeb Center for Health Research

Jon Duke, MD, MS

Director & Principal Research Scientist, Center for Health Analytics and Informatics, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests:
Big data and human computer; Interaction to support medication safety

Deirdre James, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center  

Research Interests:
Diabetes; Endocrinology

Daniel E. Jimenez, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Miami

Research Interests:
Geriatric mental health services; research; health promotion; multicultural mental health; mental illness prevention

Andra G. Parker, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology  

Research Interests:
Equity-focused research in the areas of Black women’s maternal and mental health, youth civic engagement, COVID health information practices and visualization, and faith-based health interventions

Thad Starner, PhD, SM

Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology  

Research Interests:
Wearable computing; human-computer interaction

Ashby Walker, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Services Research, Management & Policy, University of Florida  

Research Interests:
Health disparities and diabetes; Peer mentoring;p Project ECHO