IPRO Kicks Off Latino Diabetes Awareness CampaignSpencer Vibbert | April 9, 2013
IPRO is forging strategic partnerships with community organizations to bring the national “Everyone with Diabetes Counts” (EDC) program to New York’s Latino community. EDC features a series of free workshops that empower seniors to improve their quality of life, using an evidence-based self-management curriculum developed by experts at Stanford University. IPRO’s partners include the New York Chapters of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Association of Retired Persons. According to Janice Hidalgo, Director of IPRO’s EDC Program: “These workshops empower New York Latino seniors to read food labels carefully, to prepare meals without sacrificing flavor, and to incorporate physical exercise into their daily lives.”
National ADA Spokesperson and Multiple Grammy Winner Gilberto Santa Rosa spoke at IPRO’s New York EDC media kick-off event March 4 in The Bronx. “Diabetes has had a major impact on my life and on my family and education is critical,” according to Santa Rosa. In New York State alone, more than one million individuals have been diagnosed with diabetes, and nearly half are Latinos. It is estimated that another 450,000 have diabetes and don’t know it, because symptoms may be overlooked or misunderstood. Healthcare costs are staggering: one out of every five federal healthcare dollars is spent treating people with diabetes—the annual healthcare cost for a person with diabetes is estimated at $11,744, compared to $2,560 for an individual without diabetes. More than 3,000 New York City seniors have successfully completed IPRO’s EDC program.
IPRO’s goal is to graduate an additional 2,500 individuals by the end of 2014—making this program one of the largest diabetes self-management initiatives in the nation. Workshops are held in community centers in downstate New York. Organizations interested in hosting these workshops, and individuals interested in participating should call IPRO’s toll-free, bilingual helpline at 1(800) 671-1841 or visit www.ipro.org/diabetes.