Racial Disparities in Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis for Adults Now Addressed with Free Lifestyle Program
American Diabetes Association’s Project Power is helping turn a type 2 diabetes diagnosis into healthy action.
The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) and partner CVS Health have announced the expansion of Project Power, an innovative diabetes lifestyle change program that will raise diabetes awareness, help combat disparities in diagnosis among communities of color, and offer diabetes risk reduction education to people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes nationwide.
According to the 2022 National Diabetes Statistics Report-CDC, over 37 million Americans have diabetes, and another 96 million are living with prediabetes, a condition that puts you at risk for type 2 diabetes. Prevalence of diagnosed diabetes was highest among American Indians and Alaska Natives (14.5%), followed by non-Hispanic Blacks (12.1%), people of Hispanic origin (11.8%), non-Hispanic Asians (9.5%) and non-Hispanic Whites (7.4%) (source).
Originally implemented in September 2022 with a diverse community of economically disadvantaged students in Garland Independent School District (GISD), the second-largest district in Dallas County, the no-cost program uses an outcomes-based curriculum. With support from strategic partner CVS Health, the American Diabetes Association is now rolling out programming for adults in order to deliver the same impact within families.
“The goal of Project Power is to help increase health equity, eliminate disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, and build a future without type 2 diabetes,” said Chuck Henderson, ADA’s Chief Executive Officer. “ADA’s health equity focus means empowering people of color who live with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes to manage their health and live better, fuller lives.”
Project Power is a diabetes risk reduction program that will educate the public on diabetes and remove barriers to treatment—including destigmatizing diabetes and identifying and removing social determinants of health-related barriers. To sign-up or to learn more, visit diabetes.org/ProjectPower.