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Racial Disparities in Diabetes

Diabetes affects certain races and ethnicities differently than others. Hispanic New Yorkers have the highest rate of diabetes of all racial and ethnic groups in New York City—13.8% have diabetes—while 11.3% of blacks, 10.1% of Asians, and 6.2% of non-Hispanic whites have the disease. Significantly more blacks and Hispanics die of diabetes complications than do non-Hispanic whites. Disparities in deaths associated with diabetes underscore differences in treatments, self-management, medical complications, and limited access to services. Read more about disparities in diabetes and diabetes prevalence in New York State.

Several NYSHealth grantees are currently working to reduce disparities in diabetes. Learn more about some of these initiatives:

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Chinatown Diabetes ACTION (Accelerating Collaboration To Improve Health Outcomes Now)

Jericho Road Ministries
Diabetes Center of Community Excellence

Seneca Nation Health Department
Revisioning Seneca National Health Department's Diabetes Management

Beth Israel Medical Center, Friedman Diabetes Institute
Queens South Asian Action for Diabetes Education Programs and Treatment (ADEPT)

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