April Reese has worked in diabetes prevention and management for 15 years and is also a person who lives with type 2 diabetes. She had gestational diabetes with both of her pregnancies and developed type 2 diabetes in her early 40s. She manages her condition through a combination of medication, physical activity, and portion control.
Although the cost of glucose testing supplies is not an issue for her, she is familiar with the pain of daily testing, as she was on insulin during her pregnancies. As a public health professional, she is keenly aware that many people cannot afford diabetes test strips. Although diabetes testing supplies must be covered by insurance companies in North Carolina, the co-pay under some plans is difficult to achieve. Reese is excited to be part of a PCORI-funded study that has broad public health implications, having shown that patients can manage type 2 diabetes through A1C monitoring without daily testing.
In the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Reese has worked with diabetes self-management education, gestational diabetes, and diabetes prevention programs. She also has extensive experience with community-based participatory research and policy development. She has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.