Community Overview

Community

Discover the power of diabetes support.

Find the connections you need.

Whether you’re battling diabetes or have a loved one who is, building connections with other people can be the best medicine.

Chances are, there’s some great stuff happening right in your own community, from fundraisers and drives to nearby summer camps and more.

It doesn’t get any better than camp

Camp can be a community lifeline for children living with diabetes and those at risk of developing type 2, as well as for their families. It’s a place where kids can learn independence and develop a new level of self-confidence—all within a safe and fun environment. For 70 years, we’ve run camps across the country serving over 100,000 children and their families. What are you waiting for?

Find a camp near you

Keep it local: offices and events

Your local ADA office is a great place to learn about community resources and upcoming events. Stop by and see what’s coming up, and check out our events calendar. Or find out how you can help.

Inclusion and awareness

We work tirelessly to reach communities throughout the U.S to prevent diabetes among at-risk populations and ensure that all people with diabetes get the best care, treatment, and information.

community inclusion
  • African American community–Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems that the African American community faces today. And compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes.
  • Latino and Hispanic community–Diabetes is an urgent health problem in the Latino community, where diabetes rates are nearly double those of non-Latino whites. Nearly 13% of the Hispanic/Latino population in the U.S. live with diabetes.
  • AANHPI community–Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) are at increased risk for diabetes at different BMIs when compared to Caucasian Americans. According to Joslin's Asian American Diabetes Initiative, Asian Americans are considered overweight and at increased risk for type 2 diabetes at a BMI of 24. Pacific Islanders are considered overweight and at risk at a BMI of 27.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native community–At nearly 16%, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups.
  • Older adult community–Diabetes disproportionately affects older adults. Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 have diabetes, and aging of the U.S. population is widely acknowledged as one of the drivers of the diabetes epidemic.

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