Dr. LaShawn McIver is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs & Advocacy, of the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®. She was a participant on the Forum’s discussion on the Diabetes Epidemic.
Dr. McIver provides strategic direction and oversight of the American Diabetes Association’s advocacy activities, which focus on increasing federal and state funding for diabetes research and programs; preventing diabetes; improving the availability of accessible, adequate, and affordable health care; and eliminating discrimination against people with diabetes at school, work, and elsewhere in their lives.
Dr. McIver joined the Association in 2011 and served as the Vice President of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances, where she led the development and execution of the Association’s public policy agenda on initiatives related to increasing access to affordable healthcare, health equity, prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes. In her role, she also recommended the Association’s positions on federal and state legislative and regulatory activities.
Prior to her time at the Association, Dr. McIver earned a Medical Degree in International Health & Medicine through the Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University’s Medical Center and a Master’s Degree of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. From 2009 to 2011 she served as the inaugural HIV/AIDS fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus’ Center for Policy Analysis and Research. Over the course of her career she has led numerous public health initiatives at the local, state and national level including efforts impacting diabetes, HIV/AIDS and adolescent health.
As a physician, public health professional and government affairs expert with more than 14 years of experience, Dr. McIver brings a collaborative approach to working nationally and in the global ecosystem, a focus on systemically addressing diabetes disparities and an innovative approach to public policy initiatives to prevent and cure diabetes and make life better for all people affected by diabetes.