Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin to Address Disparities in Diabetes

March 28, 2011

To address the severe onset of diabetes and its complications in high-risk populations, the American Diabetes Association will convene its Fourth Disparities Partnership Forum April 6-7, 2011. The forum’s keynote speaker is U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin.  Dr. Benjamin will discuss overcoming disparities in diabetes care and reducing the burden of diabetes complications at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA, on Wednesday, April 6 at 1 p.m. ET.

The forum will bring together leading experts to discuss community solutions and foster collaborations among various organizations. The two-day event will highlight promising practices that address reducing the onset and severity of diabetes complications in high-risk populations such as heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy, neuropathy and other co-morbidities.  In addition, key elements of coalition building at the community level to eliminate disparities in diabetes complications will be identified.

“Further collaboration is urgently needed among healthcare leaders, policy makers and community organizations,” commented Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, RD, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association.  “The American Diabetes Association wants to build upon existing coalitions and create new ones to eliminate disparities in diabetes and its complications.”

Healthcare professionals, community health educators, policy makers, researchers and voluntary health organizations are encouraged to attend the two-day forum.  The forum is free and up to 10 complimentary continuing education credits will be offered. For more information or to register, visit

The forum also will recognize those making a difference in the fight to overcome disparities in diabetes.  Dr. Garth Graham, Assistant Secretary, Office of Minority Health, Health and Human Services, will keynote an awards dinner on April 6.  

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)