What are Disparities?
Health Disparities (World Health Organization definition) are differences in health outcomes that are closely linked with social, economic, & environmental disadvantages, which are often driven by social conditions in which individuals live, learn, work & play. Some communities are affected more severely (disparately impacted) by diabetes, but do not receive a commensurate share of diabetes research, treatment, and education.
These communities include:
- Latinos/Hispanics (English)
- Latinos/Hispanics (Spanish)
- African Americans
- Asian Americans
- Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
- American Indian/Alaskan Natives.
In addition, racial and ethnic minority populations have a higher risk of complications of diabetes, such as lower limb amputations, retinopathy and kidney failure, than non-Hispanic Whites.
For these reasons, the American Diabetes Association has prioritized the elimination of disparities by placing health disparities prominently in our Advocacy Priorities.
How We are Advocating for Health Equity
- Promoting Health Equity with increased diabetes research, treatment and education in minority populations.
- Access to Health Insurance that is affordable and provides access to the tools to prevent and manage diabetes and its complications. This includes the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which includes many provisions designed to promote health equity. Find out more about the Updates to Health Insurance and Health Insurance Marketplaces.
- Funding for Diabetes Research and Programs including increasing the overall government commitment to stopping diabetes.
- State legislation to break down barriers such as healthcare access, affordability and diabetes discrimination issues. Click here to find information about efforts in your state.
- Ending Discrimination people with diabetes face at school, work and elsewhere in their lives. Click here to find out more.
The American Diabetes Association also supports education and awareness programming in Hispanic/Latino, African American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaskan Native populations. Looking for a Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) program? Click here to find a DSMES location near you.