Rich Jackson

Rich Jackson’s Story

Dr. Jackson is founder and President of Health Analytics Solutions, which provides proprietary data analysis and visualizations from a variety of healthcare databases, as well as consultations on chronic disease management. In addition, he is Executive Director of GrassRoots Diabetes, a non-profit that focuses on improving diabetes care in underserved communities.

He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct investigator at the Joslin Diabetes Center. While at Joslin Dr. Jackson was a Mary K. Iacocca Fellow and received of the Cookie Pierce Research Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, became head of the Immunology Section and started the Hood Center for Prevention of Childhood Diabetes at the Joslin Center. He was involved with early trials to prevent type 1 diabetes and was a Principal Investigator for the Diabetes Prevention Trial - Type 1 (DPT-1), the first NIH funded multi-center study for type 1 diabetes prevention.

More recently Dr. Jackson served as Director of Medical Affairs for Joslin’s extramural programs with a variety of outside partners, and was also Medical Director for Joslin’s national clinical affiliation program, for which he established and tested a new set of clinical metrics for evaluating practices. In addition he developed outreach programs in underserved areas, and was awarded a prestigious 5 million dollar Medicare/Medicaid Innovation award to further develop these programs, using community health workers. His non-profit, Grass Roots Diabetes, is extending the impact of these programs.

Timeline Highlights

Bench Research

1981

Identified immune abnormalities and genetics of autoimmune diabetes in animal models - Diabetes Journal

1982

First identification of increased circulating immune cells in human type 1 diabetes - New England Journal of Medicine

1984

Identified immune abnormalities and genetics of autoimmune diabetes in animal models - The Journal of Experimental Medicine

1992 - 2000

Led Joslin’s Immunology Section

Clinical Research

1989

Established predictive model for clinical type 1 diabetes

1992-2004

Established Hood Center for Prevention of Childhood Diabetes at Joslin Diabetes Center

1993-2004

Piloted Clinical trial of type 1 diabetes prevention, then became a principal investigator of first multi-center NIH grant aimed at preventing type 1 diabetes

1993

The Lancet

2002

New England Journal of Medicine

Clinical Practice

1995

Started DOIT (Diabetes Outpatient Intensive Treatment) flagship program at Joslin Diabetes Center, a 4-day immersion program for people with diabetes and their friends and family.

2003

Diabetes Journal

2006

Wrote Know Your Numbers; Outlive Your Diabetes, a popular book for people with diabetes - Link

Outreach

2001

Developed On the Road program, which trained community health workers to deliver effective diabetes education in underserved areas. On the Road delivered to over 15,000 people, winning American Diabetes Association Award for addressing disparities in diabetes care

2012

Awarded 5 million dollar Medicare/Medicaid Innovation Award to further test reproducibility and scalability of On the Road program - Article

2015

Founded a non-profit, Grass Roots Diabetes to further address diabetes care in underserved populations

Business

2008

First Director of Medical Affairs for Healthcare Services at Joslin Diabetes Center, developing partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, retail companies, and healthcare systems

2008

Medical Director for Joslin national Clinical Affiliates, growing these to 46 sites

2012

Developed Joslin Clinical Assessment Tool (JCAT) to better assess quality of clinical care at Joslin Affiliates and in primary care practices - Article