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African American Diabetes Association

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"The AADA's mission centers on achieving health equity for Black communities by providing culturally relevant education and resources to combat diabetes. We work in underserved communities to prevent the disease and improve diabetes management."


The African American Diabetes Association (AADA) is a national, non-profit organization led by African Americans. We serve as a voice for Black Americans with or at risk of diabetes, addressing the alarming health disparities caused by a legacy of systemic racism. These disparities include restricted healthcare access and unethical medical practices that disproportionately harm Black communities.


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Building on the legacy of Negro Health Week, we're dedicated to addressing health inequities, especially the disproportionate burden of diabetes in Black communities. Existing efforts haven't closed the gap, with Black Americans experiencing diabetes rates nearly double those of non-Hispanic whites. The COVID-19 pandemic further exposed this disparity. Our vision is a future where Black communities have the resources they need to prevent and effectively manage diabetes.



Black Americans are disproportionately impacted by type 2 diabetes, facing nearly double the diagnosis rates of non-Hispanic whites. The COVID-19 pandemic further exposed these disparities, highlighting the need for targeted solutions.

The African American Diabetes Association (AADA) is a national non-profit organization led by Black people to address this critical health issue. The AADA understands the unique challenges Black communities face and is committed to providing culturally relevant resources, such as educational materials in African American dialects and culturally sensitive healthcare information. They also advocate for improved healthcare access to ensure Black Americans have the tools they need to manage their diabetes and live healthy lives.

The AADA is carrying the torch forward, building on the legacy of Black leaders

who have long fought for health equity in the United States. ©

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Three Generations

Through bold action and partnerships,  the African American Diabetes Association (AADA) will mobilize individuals and organizations to implement innovative programs and community engagement strategies that reduce risks, improve care, and save lives. 


Our vision is to eradicate the racial inequities in diabetes care by providing culturally relevant resources, advocacy, and evidence-based interventions for prevention, treatment, and research.  

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