Resources Targeted to Specific Cultural Groups
For all of the cultural and ethnic differences that both define and divide the unique heritage of the various ethnic groups in America, many are united by an unwelcome bond that is growing stronger every day: diabetes.
- African Americans and Hispanic/Latino Americans are twice as likely as Caucasians to have diabetes.
- About 13 percent of African Americans have diabetes. One-third of them don’t even know it.
- Compared with other people with diabetes, African Americans are 1.5 to 2.5 times more likely to need a lower-limb amputation.
- American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.3 times more likely to have diabetes, and 3.5 times more likely to undergo a lower-limb amputation, than non-Hispanic whites.
Couple this with the problem of healthcare disparities and inequalities for these populations and the crisis becomes even more severe. The following resources are dedicated to informing or supporting people with diabetes and secondary conditions associated with limb loss, including programs and publications that are targeted to specific cultural populations.
Learn your probability for limb loss by taking the Amputee Coalition’s quick and easy online risk assessment (amputee-coalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/risky_business.pdf). The American Diabetes Association also offers an interactive test that can help you determine your risk for diabetes (diabetes.org/risk-test.jsp).
African American Resources
Black or African American Populations cdc.gov/omhd/Populations/BAA/BAA.html
Black Women’s Health Imperative 202/548-4000 blackwomenshealth.org
Center for Minority Health cmh.pitt.edu
The Diabetes Epidemic Among African Americans ndep.nih.gov/media/FS_AfricanAm.pdf
More Than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes ndep.nih.gov/diabetes/pubs/50Ways_tips.pdf
National Caucus and Center on Black Aged 202/637-8400 ncba-aged.org
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/africanamerican
National Medical Association 202/347-1895 nmanet.org
Hispanic/Latino American Resources
Examen de Riesgo de Diabetes (Examination of Diabetes Risk) diabetes.org/espanol/recursos/examen-de-riesgo-de-diabetes
First Step – A Guide for Adapting to Limb Loss amputee-coalition.org/spanish/spanish_first_step.html
Hispanic Elders aoa.gov/AoAroot/AoA_Programs/HPW/Hispanic_Elders
National Alliance for Hispanic Health 866/783-2645 hispanichealth.org
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse diabetes. niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/hispanicamerican
National Hispanic Council on Aging nhcoa.org
What I Need to Know About Eating and Diabetes srhnet.org/diabetes/eating.pdf-website outdated
American Indian/Alaska Native Resources
American Indian Health americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov
Arctic Health arctichealth.org
Association of American Indian Physicians 405/946-7072 aaip.org
Indian Health Service ihs.gov
National Indian Health Board 202/742-4262 nihb.org
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/ americanindian
Native American Diabetes Project http://www.laplaza.org/health/dwc/nadp
We Have the Power to Prevent Diabetes ndep.nih.gov/index.aspx