Shannon Taylor, a graduate student in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, will present a poster at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 77th Scientific Sessions in San Diego in June. The poster, “To Refer or Not to Refer: An Evaluation of Provider-Level Barriers to Diabetes Self-Management Programs,” analyzes patient adherence to physician referrals for UF Health’s Diabetes Education Program. The ADA’s annual gathering is the world’s largest diabetes meeting, offering more than 3,000 research presentations on diabetes research, treatment and care to some 13,000 attendees from 131 countries.
Taylor graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.S. in biology and a minor in nutritional sciences. As a pre-medical student, she aims to become a research physician who positively influences the medical community by advocating for preventive care in chronic diseases. Taylor’s co-faculty mentors in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy are Ashby Walker, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of education, and Bruce Vogel, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the division of health policy research. Additional members of Taylor’s thesis review committee include Lindsay Thompson, M.D., M.S., associate professor of pediatrics and health policy in the Department of Pediatrics and assistant director of clinical research at UF’s Institute for Child Health Policy, and Laura Guyer, Ph.D., a faculty member at the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. Additionally, the faculty members listed above are all contributing authors on Taylor’s abstract.