Behind

Grassroots Diabetes

Background of Rich Jackson

  • In addition to being founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Diabetes, Dr. Rich Jackson is also founder and President of Health Analytics Solutions, which provides proprietary data analysis and visualizations from a variety of healthcare databases, as well as consultations on chronic disease management.

    He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct investigator at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

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  • During his 30 years at Joslin, Dr. Jackson was a Mary K. Iacocca Fellow and received the Cookie Pierce Research Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, became head of the Immunology Section and started the Hood Center for Prevention of Childhood Diabetes at the Joslin.

    He was involved with early trials to prevent type 1 diabetes and was a Principal Investigator for the Diabetes Prevention Trial - Type 1 (DPT-1), the first NIH funded multi-center study for type 1 diabetes prevention.

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  • Beginning in 2001, he developed outreach programs in underserved areas, and was awarded a prestigious 5 million dollar Medicare/Medicaid Innovation award to further develop these programs, using community health workers. His non-profit, Grass Roots Diabetes, is extending the impact of these programs.

    In addition, Dr. Jackson served as Director of Medical Affairs for Joslin’s extramural programs with a variety of outside partners, and was also Medical Director for Joslin’s national clinical affiliation program, for which he established and tested a new set of clinical metrics for evaluating practices.

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In addition to being founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Diabetes, Dr. Rich Jackson is also founder and President of Health Analytics Solutions, which provides proprietary data analysis and visualizations from a variety of healthcare databases, as well as consultations on chronic disease management.

He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct investigator at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

During his 30 years at Joslin, Dr. Jackson was a Mary K. Iacocca Fellow and received the Cookie Pierce Research Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, became head of the Immunology Section and started the Hood Center for Prevention of Childhood Diabetes at the Joslin.

He was involved with early trials to prevent type 1 diabetes and was a Principal Investigator for the Diabetes Prevention Trial - Type 1 (DPT-1), the first NIH funded multi-center study for type 1 diabetes prevention.

Beginning in 2001, he developed outreach programs in underserved areas, and was awarded a prestigious 5 million dollar Medicare/Medicaid Innovation award to further develop these programs, using community health workers. His non-profit, Grass Roots Diabetes, is extending the impact of these programs.

In addition, Dr. Jackson served as Director of Medical Affairs for Joslin’s extramural programs with a variety of outside partners, and was also Medical Director for Joslin’s national clinical affiliation program, for which he established and tested a new set of clinical metrics for evaluating practices.

The On the Road program curriculum was developed while Dr. Jackson was with the Joslin Diabetes Center. It was purposely designed to be scalable, low-cost, in an easy-to-use format delivered where the need is. It empowers people to become better self-advocates while promoting both family involvement and support, and greater self-efficacy in people with diabetes.

How it started story

The On the Road program was developed in 2001 collaboration with colleagues at the Joslin Diabetes Center Dr. Bill Polonsky a world renowned diabetes psychologist, Melinda Maryniuk, an award winning diabetes educator , the USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Extension Services. For more than a decade OTR was field-tested and modified with over 15,000 participants across the US.

In 2012, Dr. Jackson and the On the Road team were awarded the prestigious Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center award as a part of the Affordable Care Act to assess new types of low-cost approaches to healthcare. This 3 year award further validated and refined the OTR program, prompting Dr. Jackson to found Grass Roots Diabetes in the hopes that the OTR program reaches as many people as possible around the world.