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The Impact of Racial Disparities on Obesity and COVID-19 Care

Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Physicians (CME)
  2. Pharmacists (ACPE)
  3. ABIM (MOC)
  4. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Credit Expiration Date:
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Note: Credit Is No Longer Available


Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS,  DABOMRobert F. Kushner, MD, MS, DABOM (Moderator)
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Donna H. Ryan, MDDonna H. Ryan, MD 
Professor Emerita
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
New Orleans, LA

Statement of Need

According to the World Health Organization, the prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016, and since the first known case of COVID-19 in December 2019 through May 23, 2021, there have been 167 million cases reported worldwide, and more than 3.4 million deaths. Obesity is a risk factor for adverse outcomes in COVID-19, tripling the risk of hospitalization and also increasing the risk for mechanical ventilation and death. This has led to obesity and COVID-19 being considered a syndic, or synergistic epidemic, which is when two or more epidemics interact synergistically. The result of their interaction contributes to excess disease burden in a population. Due to social determinants of health including racial and ethnic discrimination, access to healthy food and health care, location and physical environment, socioeconomic status, education, and social and community context, there are many common underpinnings between obesity, chronic diseases, and COVID-19.

In this CME Outfitters podcast, expert faculty will explore the impact of these racial disparities on obesity and COVID-19 care, including how these disparities manifest in patients with obesity, and developing strategies to address disparities in patients with obesity that contract COVID-19.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how disparities manifest in patients with obesity.
  • Develop two strategies to address disparities in patients with obesity that contract COVID-19.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc.

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and pharmacists

Credit Information

CME Credit (Physicians):
CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CPE Credit (Pharmacists):
ACPE CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. .5 contact hours (0.05 CEUs) Universal Activity Number:
Enduring: JA0007185-0000-21-128-H01-P

Type: Knowledge-based

ABIM/MOC Credit:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .5 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Learning Formats
Enduring material

Royal College MOC: Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME's "CME in Support of MOC" program in Section 3 of the Royal College's MOC Program.

Note to Nurse Practitioners: Nurse Practitioners can apply for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Nurse practitioners can also apply for credit through their state boards.

MIPS Improvement Activity: This activity counts towards MIPS Improvement Activity requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Clinicians should submit their improvement activities by attestation via the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

Note to PAs: PAs may claim a maximum of .5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

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Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Dr. Kushner reports that he receives research support from Epitomee Medical. He is a consultant for Novo Nordisk and WW International, Inc.

Dr. Ryan reports that she is on the speakers bureau for Novo Nordisk. She is a consultant for Alyvant, Inc.; Boeringer Ingelheim; Epitomee; Gila Therapeutics, Inc.; IFA Celtic; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Naturally Slim; Novo Nordisk; Phenomix Sciences; Real Appeal (United Health); ReDesign Health Inc.; Roman; and Sanofi. She has ownership interest in Epitomee; Gila Therapeutics, Inc.; Phenomix Sciences; ReDesign Health Inc.; Scientific Intake; and Xeno Biosciences Inc.

Michael J. Franks, MSN, AGACNP-BC, FNP, BC (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Warren Beckman (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Evan Luberger (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report.

CME Outfitters, LLC and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

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