Diabetes LEAD (Location, Environmental Attributes and Disparities Network Coordinating Center 

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, November 10-14, 2018 San Diego, California

Leslie McClure, PhD, Jamese Johnson, MPH, CPH, Nora Lee, PhD, Gabriela Marcu, PhD, Karina Caro, PhD and Chloe Wu, MS

BACKGROUND: Understanding the role of policy and contextual factors associated with diabetes at the community level will allow for more effective interventions to reduce disparities in diabetes, and improve population health. The Diabetes LEAD Network was designed to further understanding of how community-level factors impact diabetes incidence, how these factors may differ across regions of the US, and why they may differ across demographic groups.

OBJECTIVES: The Diabetes LEAD Network is being coordinated by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University. As the Coordinating Center (CC), we support a variety of activities, including operations, analytics, communications, as well as information technology activities, with a primary goal of facilitating a collaboration across the study’s multiple sites.

METHODS: To achieve our objectives, the CC is organized into three teams: the Operations Team, the Analytics Team, and the Information Technology Team. The Operations Team is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the Network; organizing and facilitating Steering Committee meetings; organizing and facilitating any subcommittee meetings; planning, organizing and facilitating the annual workshop; and implementing the data management and quality control/quality assurance plan. The Analytic Team is responsible for working with the Network sites to develop study-wide shared hypotheses, and to design and implement the analysis to test the shared hypotheses. Furthermore, the Analytic Team provides methodological support to each study site as needed. The Analytic Team works with researchers study-wide to disseminate study results through publications and presentations, and works with the CDC to prepare and distribute publicly available data at the conclusion of the research. The Information Technology Team is responsible for designing, implementing, and testing the study-wide website and databases, including ensuring data security, implementing smooth, efficient, and secure data transmissions, and facilitating web-based communications to enrich collaboration. results

RESULTS: will be forthcoming as the Network moves forward with implementing analyses across the Network.

DISCUSSION: By working to address common hypotheses across geographically diverse sites, we can learn more about how community-level factors affect diabetes risk, and help inform policies that can improve diabetes outcomes across the US. In addition, as a Network, we can potentially leverage our resources by harmonizing common data elements from the study sites to enhance our analytical capacity.