CHICAGO – Higi has teamed with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to combat the large number of Americans with undiagnosed prediabetes or diabetes. Together, the two are offering a free and convenient self-service type 2 diabetes risk assessment at Higi Health Stations across its network. Retail pharmacy partners with clinical, pharmaceutical and product solutions for people with diabetes will now increasingly be able to help individuals who may be at risk for prediabetes and diabetes.
The assessment pairs station measurements with consumer-reported health survey responses as inputs to the ADA type 2 diabetes risk calculator and informs Higi users of their risk score with guidance for high-risk individuals to consult with their physician. This risk assessment is non-diagnostic, and only a clinician with supporting lab work can diagnose prediabetes or diabetes.
The assessment, launched in partnership with the ADA, provides an easily accessible way for all consumers to better understand their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. With a quick visit to a Higi Health Station, adults can sit down, select the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test, be weighed, answer a few simple questions and become better informed about their health, and their risk of developing diabetes in particular.
“84 million American adults have prediabetes and 90% of them don’t know it,” said Tracey Brown, chief executive officer of the American Diabetes Association. “I’m excited about the collaboration with Higi as we take on this diabetes epidemic together. There are millions of people that have no idea whether they have diabetes or prediabetes. Our goal is to make it easier for people to know their risks, know their numbers and take action. The way to do this is by meeting people where they are–right in their own communities.”
“Because of our collaboration with Higi, we’ve now added 10,000 retail locations to our ecosystem where consumers regularly shop,” said Brown. “They can sit down and within a few minutes have a clear understanding of their risk for type 2 diabetes. In most cases, at a Higi Health Station the consumer is within steps of a pharmacist, and if the risk is high, there is a clinical resource immediately available who can help guide them to the appropriate next step.”
In the last year, Higi has enabled consumers to complete over 35 million screenings, and to assess their understanding of the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes over 4 million times. Learnings from both consumer offerings have highlighted the need to expand access to screening for diabetes in a scalable way on the Higi platform. The new assessment comes with digital educational resources and recommended next steps sent via email for users at all risk levels.
“We are thrilled to offer this new assessment to our users in partnership with the ADA and in support of Higi retailers who are on the front lines of prevention and better management of this devastating, but often preventable disease” added Jeff Bennett, CEO at Higi. “Every 21 seconds, someone new is diagnosed with diabetes. By meeting consumers in their neighborhoods and providing them with the tools, education and resources to better manage their health, we will help change this statistic. “
Higi Smart Health Stations offering the diabetes risk assessment are located in participating Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, HEB, Kroger, Meijer, Publix, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Supervalu, Wakefern, Walgreens and Wegmans stores.
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