Public Health Advocates and the Diabetes Epidemic

Alicia Procello Maddox, president of the Avery Dennison Foundation, has over 15 years of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. In addition to her role at the Avery Dennison Foundation, Alicia Procello Maddox also serves as the vice president of community investment for the Avery Dennison Corporation. In these positions, Ms. Maddox develops and leads programs and initiatives related to grant making and employee engagement. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Ms. Maddox serves on the board of Public Health Advocates in California.

Those at Public Health Advocates are committed to promoting health, eliminating health disparities, and helping communities become places where health is nurtured and valued. To that end, the organization advocates for a number of public health concerns, including the diabetes epidemic in California.

A health policy brief published in 2016 by Public Health Advocates outlined the problem of diabetes among the population in California. The brief not only presented alarming statistics that point to a disparity of the disease among varying communities, but also outlined a variety of policy recommendations to address the problem.

In addition, Public Health Advocates hosted a conference entitled “Diabetes Epidemic in California- What Can Cities Do?” The conference took place on November 15, 2016 at the Westin Pasadena. Research findings from UCLA that outline diabetes and pre-diabetes levels were covered, as well as reasons why cities should make efforts to address the epidemic. Experts also outlined steps that cities and public health leaders can take to promote health equity in this area.

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Graduating in 1996, Ms. Procello Maddox moved back to California to serve as a program officer and then program director at The California Wellness Foundation.

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