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Dear Friend,

Thank you for visiting our website. We want to bring awareness to a critical health issue disproportionately impacting Black Americans: diabetes.


Health disparities exist when racial, ethnic, geographic, or socioeconomic factors create unequal access to quality healthcare.


Black women face the highest rates of type 2 diabetes (T2D). According to news reports, Black people have higher diabetes death rates than white people in major US cities. This isn't just a recent issue; Black Americans have historically faced higher mortality rates from various diseases, including diabetes.

The Numbers Don't Lie:

  • 4.9 million Black adults (18.7%) have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes, compared to 7.1% of non-Hispanic whites.

  • Black Americans are 77% more likely to develop diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.

  • Black Americans face a higher risk of complications and death from diabetes.


The African American Diabetes Association (AADA) is dedicated to raising awareness about this serious issue within Black communities. We advocate for health equity and work to develop policies and programs that address the social, economic, and environmental factors contributing to these disparities.

How You Can Help:


Together, we can make a difference!





Barbara King, M.Ed., DVC, CFS

Vice Chair and Founding Member

African American Diabetes Association


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