Mary E. Lacy, PhD
Assistant Professor
111 Washington Ave
College of Public Health
Lexington, KY 40536
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Dr. Mary E. Lacy is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health with expertise in diabetes epidemiology. My research focuses on improving diabetes care and reducing disparities in diabetes outcomes. I have examined diabetes disparities through a number of lenses including racial/ethnic disparities, age-related disparities, and disparities in access to care. I recently was awarded a KL2 Career Development Award to develop a diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) prediction tool to identify patients at high-risk for DKA-related hospitalizations by leveraging data from the Kentucky Statewide Inpatient Database and electronic health record (EHR) data from two healthcare systems. The primary training goals of the KL2 are to obtain formal and hands-on training in implementation science and clinical informatics; these methods will form part of the next step of the project which aims to improve integration of evidence into clinical practice using health information technology. I am also collaborating on a number of other studies including: 1) examining glycemic and vascular risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia in older adults with type 2 diabetes; 2) assessing disparities in guideline-compliant care for Medicaid patients with diabetes; and 3) examining barriers to clinical care and reasons for medication non-adherence in diabetes patients in Appalachia.

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