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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