Spotlight: Diversity in Diabetes

Diversity in Diabetes (DiD) is dedicated to addressing the unique challenges faced by diverse communities in managing diabetes. The organization, founded in 2020, provides educational resources, support networks, and advocacy to improve diabetes care and awareness in underrepresented populations.

Our primary audience includes individuals from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds who are affected by diabetes.

DiD’s mission is to raise awareness, provide education, and develop solutions to address the lack of diversity in diabetes care. We seek to combat health care inequities and poor health outcomes in individuals of color.

How DiD Reaches Underserved Communities

Our efforts include:

— Hosting a free monthly virtual support group, Insulin Inclusive, for insulin-dependent individuals who are looking for community, connections, and a place to feel seen and heard

— Organizing a free annual two-day educational event for everyone in the diabetes community called the People of Color Living with Diabetes Summit

— Advocating for increased diverse representation of health care professionals in diabetes care and management, heightened knowledge of treatment options for People of Color Living with Diabetes (POCLWD), and enhanced utilization of technology in their care

— Improving access to diabetes self-management education and support programs for POCLWD, striving to create a more equitable landscape in diabetes management

Starting in 2024, the organization is kicking off its Type 1 Navigator Campaign, which was recognized with a health equity accelerator award in 2023. This campaign will promote equal access to information about type 1 diabetes screening among adults of color at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The pilot of this program will be held at Texas Southern University in Houston during the week of homecoming in 2024.

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