The Obesity Epidemic: The Lack of Access to Care and Treatment

March 4, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Add to Calendar 3/4/2021 12:00:00 PM 3/4/2021 1:00:00 PM The Obesity Epidemic: The Lack of Access to Care and Treatment

Obesity is defined as a disease. Today obesity is one of the major cost drivers to our health care system, linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. There is ever-increasing medical evidence to support broader access to both evidence-based prevention programs in the community and active medical treatment of obesity. But proper care and treatment of obesity faces challenges in the form of perception, stigma, bias, and roadblocks to accessing treatment, therapies, and care that can help patients. This forum, sponsored by Novo Nordisk, will address these issues and more. 

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Obesity is defined as a disease. Today obesity is one of the major cost drivers to our health care system, linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. There is ever-increasing medical evidence to support broader access to both evidence-based prevention programs in the community and active medical treatment of obesity. But proper care and treatment of obesity faces challenges in the form of perception, stigma, bias, and roadblocks to accessing treatment, therapies, and care that can help patients. This forum, sponsored by Novo Nordisk, will address these issues and more. 

EVP, Public Affairs
As Executive Vice President, Zach oversees the organization’s government affairs, communications, marketing, equity, diversity & inclusion, patient advocacy, and workforce development initiatives, in addition to his leadership role at MassBio. In his former role as the organization’s Vice President of Public Affairs, Zach established an equity, diversity, & inclusion initiative, oversaw an expansion of the communications and marketing departments, and maintained MassBio’s brand as the biggest state biotech association in the country. Prior to joining MassBio in 2017, Zach was the Vice President of Public Affairs at Rasky Partners where he specialized in message development, integrated digital advocacy campaigns, government affairs, and coalition building. Zach was formerly a field organizer for the Florida Democratic Party during the 2004 Kerry/Edwards Presidential Campaign and served as the assistant to the Deputy CEO for external affairs of the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Recently, Zach has served on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Networks’ Reigniting Research Council, as well as on Host Committee for The Children’s Trust’s Celebrating Fatherhood Brunch. Zach earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Boston College. He lives in Westwood with his wife Jessica, their son Reed, and daughter Eleanor.

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