Prince Hall Shriners Present Donation to the American Diabetes Association

Alexandria, Virginia
December 18, 2013

This morning, the Prince Hall Shriners (PHS) presented a $200,000 donation to the American Diabetes Association (Association) to support the Live Empowered®/African American educational initiative and study with the Association's Research Foundation grant program, both focused on helping African Americans better understand and manage their type 2 diabetes.

Effective information about the seriousness of diabetes, its risk factors and ways to help manage the disease is essential, yet many African Americans do not receive culturally competent or linguistically appropriate prevention services. Consequently, the incidence of diabetes, prediabetes and obesity continue to increase rapidly in the community.

“Nearly 26 million people are affected by diabetes and African Americans are nearly twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites,” said Larry Hausner, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association. “The American Diabetes Association is thrilled to join with the Prince Hall Shriners and appreciate their generous contribution, which will allow us to focus on diabetes research and programs that will help Stop Diabetes® and expand our reach in African American communities across the country.”

The funds will support the Association’s African American educational initiative Live Empowered.  This initiative develops culturally appropriate materials and community-based activities that empower, educate and create measurable differences in the prevalence of diabetes and its complications among people of African descent. Funds will also support specific research conducted by Lynn Cherrington, MD, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Cherrington’s project aims to develop a mobile health technology platform that can be used to integrate care between people in the community, peer-support teams (such as community health workers) and primary care teams. The objective of this project is to better coordinate health care activities and improve diabetes management.

"The Prince Hall Shriners are showing our dedication to find a cure for diabetes," said Homer Buchanan, Imperial Potentate (President) of the Prince Hall Shriners. “Our collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and their Research Foundation demonstrates our commitment to stamping out this debilitating disease.”

The following representatives from the Association were present at today’s event: Larry Hausner, MBA, Chief Executive Officer; Maria Mupanomunda, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President, High Risk Programs & Health Disparities; Jane Chiang, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical and Community Affairs; M. Vaneeda Bennett, Chief Revenue Officer; Charles (Chip) De Witt, Director, Major Plans & Field RF/IG; and Denise Price-Brown, Director, African American Initiatives. Representatives from PHS included Homer L. Buchanan, Imperial Potentate (National President); Rochelle "Rick" Julian, Deputy Imperial Potentate (Vice-President); John T. Chapman, Administrator, National Diabetes Initiative; Ken Collins, PhD., MPH, MPP, Director, Public & Media Relations and Co-Chair, National Diabetes Initiative; Otis Kirksey, PharmD., R Ph., CDE, Chair, National Diabetes Initiative; Sadie Mitchell, Imperial Commandress (National President), Daughters of Isis; and, Lula Land-Jeter, President, Prince Hall Shriners Foundation.

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)