Community Overview

diabetes community

Community Overview

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

At the ADA, we value the safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers above all else. That’s why ADA Imagine Camp is going virtual again this year! But don’t worry—expect the same amount of fun and connection. That’s something that can’t be cancelled! Find your diabetes community at camp this summer with hundreds of campers both in the U.S. and worldwide. Build self-confidence and independence with the experts who have been running camp for over 70 years! What are you waiting for?

Find a camp near you

Healthy habits start here

Project Power blends activities, education, and fun to help kids at risk of type 2 diabetes and their families create healthy habits for life. We are committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve, and each program empowers kids and families to learn together, support one another, and build a healthy future.

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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 15%, 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.