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Seema Nagpal - Diabetes Canada. Ottawa, ON, CA

Seema Nagpal Seema Nagpal

Epidemiologist and Senior Leader, Public Policy | Diabetes Canada

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Seema Nagpal is an epidemiologist with broad experience in research and policy





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Seema Nagpal is an epidemiologist with broad experience in research and policy. She has expertise in population health, epidemiology, and pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis on interpretation of science into policy and practice.

As the Epidemiologist and Senior Leader, Public Policy at the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), she is responsible for directing public policy interests and activities at both the federal and provincial levels, as well as providing public health and epidemiological input to program and policy development for the CDA.

As Director, she is also responsible for analyzing the impact of public policy and regulations flowing from government, health stakeholders, academia and overseeing the developing policy options and positions to influence health and diabetes-related public policy.

Industry Expertise (4)

Health and Wellness


Public Policy

Program Development

Areas of Expertise (8)



Strategic Planning

Clinical Research

Program Evaluation

Data Analysis



Education (3)

University of Ottawa: Ph.D., Population Health 2011

Dalhousie University: M.Sc., Community Health and Epidemiology 1999

Dalhousie University: B.Sc. Pharm., Pharmacy 1993

Affiliations (2)

  • Canadian Public Health Association: Past Member Policy Review Group
  • Canadian Pharmacists Association: Past Member Advocacy Committee

Media Appearances (5)

Specialized foot care saves limbs, but patients pay out-of-pocket to get it

Vancouver Sun  print


“There’s no consistent access to these foot-care specialists across any province,” says Seema Nagpal, the Ottawa-based director of public policy for the CDA.

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Penticton diabetic questions why he’s forced to pay out of pocket for medication

Global News  tv


“It’s a problem when drugs become available and approved by Health Canada to be used in the country but it takes the provinces longer to review and decide whether they will be listed on the public plan, so that limits the accessibility and increases the time that patients have to wait for access to these treatments that can help them manage their conditions and prevent complications,” said Dr. Seema Nagpal, Epidemiologist with the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Diabetes an expensive disease for many Canadians, costing on average $2.5K annually

Yahoo! Finance  online


“Once a person is discharged with a prescription drug for diabetes, and recommendations for monitoring – that’s when patients face the challenge of needing to pay for life-saving treatment and support,” said Epidemiologist Seema Nagpal, the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Director of Policy...

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Combating diabetes in the workplace (Roundtable)

Canadian HR Reporter  online


Employees will probably also need to take steps to manage the condition throughout the workday, said Nagpal. “A person (may need) to monitor their blood glucose — that can be self-monitoring in the workplace — as well as take insulin by injection or through an insulin pump. A person may also need to have regular snacks throughout the day at the workplace. Sometimes, in cases of hypoglycemia, they need to treat their blood sugar throughout the day.”

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Proposed sugar taxes to help end high obesity and diabetes rates

Humber EtCetera  online


“We recommend a tax on sugar sweetened beverages as a means to decrease excessive consumption and raise awareness about the health risks associated with excessive consumption,” said Seema Nagpal, Director of Public Policy at the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Articles (3)

Healthy Food Procurement Policy: An Important Intervention to Aid the Reduction in Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases

Canadian Journal of Cardiology


In 2010, unhealthy diets were estimated to be the leading risk for death and disability in Canada and globally. Although important, policies aimed at improving individual's skills in selecting and eating healthy foods has had a limited effect. Policies that create healthy eating environments are strongly recommended but have not yet been effectively and/or broadly implemented in Canada...

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Factors Influencing Outcomes of Heart Failure: A Population Health Approach

University of Ottawa


Background: Symptomatic heart failure is a chronic and disabling condition that affects over 350 000 Canadians and is characterized by inevitable progression. Historically, research on the ways to increase survival has focused on biomedical factors. However, the continued poor prognosis of heart failure has prompted the search for other ways to improve the lives of these patients. Research in other chronic conditions demonstrates that social circumstances, described collectively as individual social interactions (e.g. social support, social participation) and community social factors (e.g. social capital, social norms), can influence health outcomes. Purpose: The purpose of this research was to describe and assess the impact of selected social circumstances potentially related to heart failure outcomes...

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Management of high blood cholesterol levels in Nova Scotian adults: comparison with the NCEP II and European clinical practice guidelines

American Journal of Managed Care


Objective: To compare the prevalence of dietary and drug treatment for high blood cholesterol levels with indication for treatment according to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) II and European clinical practice guidelines...

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