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AAPI Clinics Receive Funding to Address Diabetes Within AAPI Communities

May 30, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
(510) 272-9536 x110
slavilla@aapcho.org

May 30, 2000 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) recently awarded mini-grants to six health clinics across the country to combat the seriousness of diabetes within AAPI communities.

The mini-grants, awarded through AAPCHO’s Building Awareness Locally and Nationally through Community Empowerment (BALANCE) program for diabetes, total $90,000. The money will be used by AAPI health clinics to conduct a range of activities, such as educating and informing AAPIs about the seriousness of diabetes, creating bilingual diabetes education materials, offering diabetes awareness training, and providing additional diabetes screenings.

Diabetes is a serious chronic condition affecting an estimated 16 million Americans. Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), the disease has had an equally devastating impact, despite scientific evidence proving that a healthy diet, exercise, and aggressive treatment can reduce morbidity and mortality of diabetes.

Though research examining the impact of diabetes on AAPIs is limited, local community studies and surveys indicate that AAPIs, such as Samoans, Filipinos, Native Hawaiians, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Asian Indians, are affected at higher rates by this condition and its debilitating long-term complications as other ethnic groups.

South Cove Community Health Center will use its grant award to educate Khmer residents in the Boston area about the disease and its implications.

“This money will help us address a very critical health issue within our AAPI community,” said Peggy Leong, executive director of South Cove Community Health Center in Boston. “Diabetes is becoming such a serious problem among AAPIs but very little has been done in terms of education and outreach within this community. This grant will allow us to take those first important steps toward informing people of the disease and its implications.”

In addition, health clinics will be disseminating bilingual diabetes materials that were created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health’s National Diabetes Education Program. The materials, which were translated in 11 different Asian languages, represent the first time diabetes materials were created specifically for AAPI populations.

“Many individuals do not realize that they may be at risk for diabetes,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO. “We hope these awards will help AAPI health clinics not only promote awareness of diabetes and the importance of early diagnosis, but we hope it will also improve the treatment and outcomes for AAPIs living with diabetes, and prevent the onset of the disease altogether.”

Media Relations

Beverly Quintana
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bquintana@aapcho.org

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