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Southeast Michigan Hospital Collaborative featured in Crain's article
The work of SEMI-HC featured in a recent Crain's Detroit Business article discussing COVID-19 and diabetes

1 million people, or 12.4%, in the state of Michigan have diabetes, and an additional 2.7 million people are pre-diabetic. And, those with diabetes are considered to be at a higher risk for experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms. Despite the strains of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many metro Detroiters with diabetes are finding ways to manage their condition more effectively thus reducing their likelihood of potentially serious COVID-19 outcomes.

In this recent Crain's Detroit Business article, GDAHC President & CEO, Kate Kohn-Parrott discusses the critical work of the Southeast Michigan Hospital Collaborative has in reversing pre-diabetes in the region and the link between diabetes, the social determinants of health, and COVID-19:

The Southeast Michigan Hospital Collaborative, a partnership of four local health systems, the Greater Detroit Area Health Council and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, have been working to identify the state's 2.5 million people with pre-diabetes to enroll them in a national diabetes prevention program.

Kate Kohn-Parrott, the health council's CEO, said according to the CDC the prevention program reduced the risk of diabetes among participants by 58 percent.

"SEMI-HC's efforts are critical in our region where COVID-19 hit hard on top of a long history of poverty, homelessness, and disparities, and where chronic conditions like diabetes put people at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19," Kohn-Parrott said.


A study last year found that 20 percent of all ICU admissions for COVID-19 involved people with diabetes, said the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The Southeast Michigan Hospital Collaborative brings together the region's health systems, including Ascension Michigan, Beaumont Health, Henry Ford Health System, and St. Joseph Mercy Health System, as well as the National Kidney Foundation, to collectively address prediabetes through the use of the CDC's evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program, and other targeted initiatives.

Read more: 'Many metro Detroit Diabetes patients at high risk from COVID-19 are managing conditions more effectively' in Crain's Detroit Business