November 2015 National REACH Coalition Newsletter
"Advancing Racial and Ethnic Health Equity"

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

NRC Recognizes Diabetes Awareness 

Each month, the National REACH Coalition joins organizations across the country committed to providing resources and support to communities, particularly racial and ethnic communities, burdened by chronic diseases. 

This edition of the NRC Newsletter recognizes Diabetes Awareness and Prevention. This is the time of year when national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies work together to encourage Diabetes prevention and provide greater access to services available to those at risk for these health disparities.

In support of this cause and to spread awareness throughout communities across the nation, NRC recognizes Diabetes Awareness Month.


NRC Mission:
To Increase the capacity of underserved racial and ethnic communities across the U.S. to achieve health equity.

About Us:
The National REACH Coalition (NRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that is committed to the elimination of health disparities and the achievement of health equity among racial and ethnic minorities.

Please visit the NRC Website for more information.
This NRC Newsletter Edition Features Stories On:

Recognizing Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes Awareness

Health Equity in the News:
Call to Action
More News on Health Disparities
Racial Injustice is a Health Disparity

Join Our Partner Campaigns
NAATPN & the Great American Smoke Out Campaign
American Diabetes Association ID Day Campaign

Request for Publications

Support the National REACH Coalition's work to promote, develop, and implement innovative techniques aimed at the elimination of health disparities within communities of color. Contribute to our efforts by making a generous donation to the National REACH Coalition's Annual Fund.


During the holiday season, Support NRC's efforts as we advance racial and ethnic health equity into the new year. Donations are tax deductible.

Diabetic Trends Among Racial and Ethnic Groups

According to the American Diabetes Association, people of different racial and ethnic groups are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans have a higher risk for this chronic disease. This is partly because these populations are more likely to be overweight, have high blood pressure and have type 2 diabetes. The graph below displays what ethnic groups are more prone to the onset of diabetes during their lifetime.

Diabetic Trends By Race/Ethnicity

Source: Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Data, National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2011
Did you know?  
  • Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. today—nearly 10 percent of the population.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 
  • Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • African Americans and Hispanics are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. 

Diabetes Awareness Makes a Difference

While some things that contribute to the development of diabetes are beyond a person's control, there are also a number of modifiable risk factors. By making healthy changes in these areas, people can reduce their risks or delay the development of diabetes and improve their overall quality of life.  

Those factors include:
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    In addition to causing damage to the cardiovascular system, untreated high blood pressure has been linked to the development of diabetes. Learn more about 
    high blood pressure and how to control it.
  • Abnormal cholesterol (lipid) levels
    Low HDL "bad" cholesterol" and/or high triglycerides can increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes.  Both of these abnormalities can also increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.  A healthy eating plan, sufficient aerobic physical activity, and a healthy weight can help improve abnormal lipids.  Sometimes medications are necessary.


Call to Action:
Major Funders Discuss Health and Funding in Indian Country

Small Group Funders Roundtable

"For the first time, dozens of major philanthropic organizations came together to confront urgent needs in Indian country. From October 14-15, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the American Heart Association hosted representatives from 41 national funders in Minneapolis to talk about how they could collaborate to address health disparities and nutritional deficits among Native Americans. Until now, only 0.3 percent of philanthropic dollars in the United States have gone to Indian country, and that includes funds channeled to organizations working with tribes, not necessarily to the tribes themselves.

Participants included the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Bush Foundation, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and the Northwest Area Foundation. Attendees also included high-ranking federal health officials from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Indian Health Service."


Source: Indian Country Today Media Network

More News on Health Disparities

These recently published articles in the media highlight the inequities in health care and health research.
President Bill Clinton Address Health Matters Initiative
"CHMI believes that it is imperative to start at a local level when working to transform the health landscape in the United States..."
Read more here.

Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity
"There is growing recognition that to improve public health and achieve greater equity in health care requires efforts to address the full spectrum of social, economic...."
Read more here.

Diabetes Is a Symptom of a Larger Problem – and it’s Not Gluttony
“While the causes of Type 2 diabetes especially are convenient to pin on an individual’s health choices alone...."
Read more here.

Racial Injustice is a Health Disparity

These recently published articles in the media highlight how racial justice is part and parcel of the determinants of racial and ethnic health equity.
Google Donates $2.4 Million In Fight Against Racial Injustice
", the philanthropic arm of the internet giant, has announced plans to dedicate $2.35 million in grants to community organizations combatting racial injustice in the U.S...." Read more here

Mizzou and Why We Need to Talk About Race
“The events at Mizzou have sparked schools across the country, many that are also dealing with their own racially charged incidents, ...." Read more here.

NRC Joins Our Partners to
Advance Health Equity


The American Diabetes Association Launches the Annual I Decide to Stop Diabetes Campaign to Reduce the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Communities of Color

WHAT:  During American Diabetes Month®, the American Diabetes Association, is continuing its efforts to reduce health disparities and Stop Diabetes® through the power of community in minority groups through the annual I Decide to Stop Diabetes campaign. The campaign asks faith and community-based organizations to encourage their members to take the pledge to live a healthier lifestyle and download the Association’s new and FREE e-toolkit in English and Spanish to start living well. 
WHO:  The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
WHEN:  November 1 – 30, 2015
WHY: Today, nearly 30 million adults and children in the U.S. are living with diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes, putting them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Because minority populations are disproportionately affected by diabetes, increasing awareness, and access to education are key to the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.
HOW:   The American Diabetes Association will provide local places of worship, community organizations and senior centers with resources and materials, including bulletin inserts, nutrition and exercise tips and brochures to help encourage members of the community to decide to Stop Diabetes through increased exercise and healthy eating.
For more information, visit


Help Build Resources for Health Equity

NRC's website provides a resource center that includes publications, articles and reports highlighting the outcomes and achievements of community led initiatives addressing racial and ethnic health disparities, developed and implemented by network partners.

You can help us continue to build the NRC Resource Center by sharing your publications, white papers, and journal articles to highlight your work.
Please feel free to submit any publication, article or report to, to be uploaded to the website.

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