The American Diabetes Association to Co-Sponsor the Town Hall Meeting: ¡Salud! Eliminating Disparities That Block Good Health among Latinos at the Largest Latino Conference in Las Vegas

July 6, 2012

The American Diabetes Association (Association), the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences, will be participating in the 2012 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, July 7 – 11. NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States working to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

Victor H. Gonzalez, MD, member of the Association’s National Board of Directors and Chair of the Texas Diabetes Council, will be an expert panelist at the town hall meeting: ¡Salud! Eliminating Disparities That Block Good Health Among Latinos. Gonzalez is a vitreoretinal surgeon and founder of the Valley Retina Institute, P.A. in Texas. He is a leading expert in diabetes and retinopathy care and a national advocate for diabetes education and health care. Co-sponsors also presenting at the town hall include the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association; collaboration made possible through the American Diabetes Association. Experts will cover topics ranging from root causes of health disparities among Latinos to current communication and awareness strategies that will prove most effective in reaching the Latino community. The town hall will be held on Sunday, July 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The Association will continue its tradition of bringing its Latino Initiative’s Por tu Familia program to the NCLR conference. Por tu Familia is the Association’s community outreach program targeting the Latino community. The program is designed to raise awareness in the Latino community about the seriousness of diabetes, its risk factors and warning signs through culturally relevant and easy-to-understand health education. Efforts focus on healthy eating, understanding the link between cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and the importance and impact of increasing physical activity. In addition, the program encourages appropriate testing among those at risk and treatment for those diagnosed with diabetes. At the Association’s booth, attendees will receive free blood glucose screenings performed by the bilingual health personnel of Lab Express. Those found at risk will receive appropriate medical referrals. Other activities include hula-hoop competitions for the entire family and the opportunity to Create your Plate by learning and experimenting with portion sizes. Bilingual health education materials and many more exciting activities will also be available to all conference participants, July 7 and 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 the Mandalay Bay.

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)