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To get involved with the Southern California chapter, contact Ron Shinkman at or 877-248-2360.

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The Rising Tide Of Diabetes In Kids: New Findings For Prevention And Treatment

A third of children are overweight or obese. Now one out of five new cases of childhood diabetes is type 2 diabetes, formerly known as adult onset diabetes. But diabetes doesn’t affect kids and adults the same way.

The Nov. 6 AHCJ chapter meeting at the Los Angeles Times featured a discussion on diabetes and social determinants. Presenters discussed why diabetes disproportionately affects kids in certain neighborhoods, as well as what community interventions and prevention initiatives could be effective. 


Ellen Iverson, M.P.H., is an investigator in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and at The Saban Research Institute. For the past 25 years, Ms. Iverson has designed and conducted mixed method research focusing on individual, familial, social and structural issues that have an impact on health outcomes and healthcare utilization. Her three primary areas of interest are adolescent and young adult health, community-based approaches to dealing with obesity and diabetes and applying mixed methods research in clinical settings. Iverson is also an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Steven Mittelman
Steven Mittelman

Ellen Iverson
Ellen Iverson

Steven Mittelman, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric endocrinologist, is director of the Diabetes and Obesity program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and has recently launched the EMPOWER (Energy Management for Personalized Weight Reduction) clinic for overweight or obese children and teens. As an investigator at The Saban Research Institute, Mittelman's lab studies the link between childhood obesity and cancer. Mittelman is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Physiology & Biophysics in the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Healthcare Price and Financial Transparency: A Reporter's Guide

Dylan Roby
Dylan Roby

Dylan H. Roby, Ph.D., spoke at the first event held by the Southern California chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists on April 24 at the Los Angeles Times. He discussed health care price and financial transparency, and whether they can control spending.

Roby, an assistant professor of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program within the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, focused on several issues during his presentation:

  • Prices paid by patients and consumers versus provider charges

  • Facility charges vs. professional fees

  • Negotiations and price setting by government payers

  • Different payment models (capitation vs. fee-for-service with discounting).