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The community grants are part of the leading collaborative initiative Know Diabetes by Heart ™ for nonprofit health organizations that aims to reduce cardiovascular events and deaths in people with type 2 diabetes. The grants will help organizations in 10 states provide materials and resources to educate people about diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Public outreach focuses on engaging black and Latin American populations who have higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke compared to non-Hispanic white populations.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death and disability for all people with type 2 diabetes. Only around half of 45 year olds or older are aware of their increased risk of developing heart disease or have discussed this with their doctor1.

“Knowledge is power, and equipping these community organizations with resources and accessible information is key for people with type 2 diabetes to better understand their increased risk of heart disease and stroke,” he said Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD, FACP, Scientific and Medical Director of the American Diabetes Association. “We are excited to partner with these 10 organizations working to improve the health of their communities so that the information can get into the hands of those who need it most.”

“This is a good time to protect yourself from diabetes-related heart disease and COVID by making lifestyle changes that can help you improve your overall health and better manage your diabetes. This is good for your heart and kidney health and contributes to longer health, healthier life, “said Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP, American Heart Association Chief Medical Officer for Prevention.

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEPTM) is designed to address the lack of diabetes literacy and self-management among ethnic and racial minorities. The DEEPTM model consists of three components: the training of trainers (TOT), the educational program, which includes a manual for facilitators and the manual for participants. Esther Sciammarella, the executive director of the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition, says “Mejor es curar que prevenir”.

KDBH Community Grants are awarded to:

Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition – University of Illinois with the Chicago Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

Clemson university
Health enhancement for diabetes
South carolina

Gateway Community Health Center
Gateway Self-Management Program for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Texas

Peer mentoring program
new York and Nevada

Johns Hopkins University
CHOOSE the Self-Government Support Program
Maryland and Kansas

New Mexico State University
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service Diabetes Self-Management Programs
New Mexico

Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute
Project Dulce – Dulce Digital

Texas A&M University Center for Population Health and Aging
Your diabetes, your heart

Thomas Jefferson University hospital
Jefferson Health Preventive Cardiology Program

Champions of Hope: Latinos Prevent Diabetes

Know Diabetes by Heart is made possible with the support of the founding sponsors Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly as well as the Company Diabetes Alliance and Novo Nordisk as well as the national sponsors Sanofi, AstraZeneca and Bayer. For more information, visit

About Know Diabetes by Heart ™
The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association have launched a joint pioneering initiative, Know Diabetes by Heart ™, to fully address the national public health impacts of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Through Know Diabetes by Heart ™, the leading non-profit associations with founding sponsors Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company Diabetes Alliance as well as Novo Nordisk and national sponsors Sanofi, AstraZeneca and Bayer are concentrating on positively empowering people with type 2 diabetes and Better Management the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke, and heart failure; and helping healthcare providers educate and treat people with type 2 diabetes to reduce cardiovascular risk. Visit for resources.

Via the American Diabetes Association®
More than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America every day. More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and strive to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the country’s leading voluntary health organization committed to bending the curve of the diabetes epidemic and helping people with diabetes thrive. For 80 years, the ADA has advanced discovery and research into the treatment, treatment and prevention of diabetes and has worked tirelessly to find a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education to improve their quality of life. Diabetes brought us together. What we do next will make us connected for life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the battle with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn), and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

Via the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world with longer, healthier lives. We are committed to fair health in all communities. Working with numerous organizations and with the support of millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate public health, and share life-saving resources. The DallasAn organization-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Contact us on, Facebook, Twitter, or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

For media inquiries:
American Diabetes Association – Daisy Diaz: 703-253-4807; [email protected]
American Heart Association – Jayme Sandberg: 214-706-2169; [email protected]
Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition – Esther Sciammarella: 312-842-2340; [email protected]

For public inquiries:
1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or (emails to: [email protected])
1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721) and

1. American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. 2018. People with the T2D basic survey. Online survey; USA. Conducted by The Harris Poll in September 2018.

SOURCE Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition

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