The American Diabetes Association of Greater New York

The American Diabetes Association of Greater New York is thrilled to announce their membership in the State Delegate Network of the Hispanic Healthcare Executives Association and look forward to partnering our resources to improve the health of Latinos living with diabetes and prevent the disease for those at-risk.  The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation?s leading health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. 

Founded in 1940, the Association implements outreach programs, patient and professional education seminars, workshops and fundraising activities to support our mission in New York: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Diabetes is rapidly reaching epidemic proportions; 20.8 million Americans are living with the disease and more than 54 million people have pre-diabetes.  The CDC recently adjusted its 2050 prediction, raising the anticipated amount of people with diabetes from 38 to 48.3 million ? a twenty percent increase and twice today?s amount. 

Even more staggering is the impact on communities of color.  More than 9 percent of Latinos have diabetes and the disease continues its march.  Of all children born in 2000 more than one-third will develop diabetes in their lifetime, one-half if the children are Latino.   In all of New York, more than 12.2 percent of Latinos have diabetes, compared to 5 percent for Caucasians. 

To combat this epidemic, the ADA has established diabetes prevention and management outreach programs.  Because of the disproportionate impact on Latinos, the ADA conducts a Latino Initiatives Program.  Partnering with local communities to prevent diabetes, we provide culturally-appropriate diabetes prevention and management programs to organizations located in at-risk areas. 

For additional information about the New York American Diabetes Association, and our work in the Latino community, please contact:

Henry Cruz
Latino Initiatives
212/725-4925 ext. 3408


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