Minority Initiative

Minority Initiative

DiabetesSisters began our Minority Initiative in 2016 in order to increase awareness, education, peer support, and resources for African American, Hispanic, and other underserved populations of women living with any type of diabetes or prediabetes. We seek partnership opportunities with established businesses, churches, and organizations that have interest in serving minority populations.

Topics/themes from Minority Initiative programs have included:

  • Cooking culturally appropriate meals that taste good and aren't hard on blood sugar or blood pressure
  • Accessing diabetes self-management tools and education
  • Getting accurate information and making decisions about medications, medical devices, and health care.
  • Advocating for oneself as women living with diabetes
  • Addressing shame and stigma about living with diabetes from healthcare providers, community members, and family
  • Creating safe, respectful spaces for women with all types of diabetes to share, learn, and get peer support
  • Increasing the number and diversity of females in clinical trials.

Minority Initiative Events

November 18, 2017
Healthy Living with Diabetes: A Forum for South Asian Women
Old Bridge Public Library, Old Bridge, NJ

September 9, 2017
Conversations about Diabetes and Heart Health with African American Women
Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church, Silver Spring, MD

September 6, 2017
Healthy Eating, Healthy Living for Latin Women with Diabetes/Prediabetes
Leon Medical Healthy Living Center, South Florida (East Hialeah)

January 7, 2017
New Year Health Revolution: Celebrate YOU from Head to Toe
Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church, Silver Spring, MD

November 17, 2016
Healthy Holiday Eats: A DiabetesSisters Tasting Party
Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church, Silver Spring, MD

April 7, 2016
Goodbye, Sugar! Health Forum for African American Women
Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church, Silver Spring, MD