Instructor in Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipid Research
Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery
Dr. Herrick’s current research interests are in diabetes and obesity prevention, environmental and socioeconomic determinants of health, and improving healthcare systems and transitions of care, particularly for patients with low socioeconomic status. Specifically, she is focusing on the transition of care after pregnancy for low income women with gestational diabetes. Women with gestational diabetes are 7 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, often in the first 5-10 years after the index pregnancy. The post-partum and inter-partum periods are critical time frames for screening and intervention, but current data suggests that this is happening at suboptimal rates. She will use mixed methods to further characterize post-partum diabetes screening in a population of uninsured and underinsured women with recent gestational diabetes with the goal of designing and pilot testing intervention(s) to increase screening that can be integrated into existing care settings with limited burden on patients and providers. With improved screening and identification of the highest risk women, the ultimate goal will be to develop and test sustainable, practical programs to support lifestyle change and/or metformin use in this population.