As the prevalence of diabetes continue to grow across the country,
healthcare providers are seeing rising rates specifically in urban
settings. Primarily impacting communities of color, more than half of
Latinos are expected to develop type 2 diabetes within their
lifetimes. Resulting from a complex combination of family history,
cultural barriers and access to care – what can we do to combat this
rise? The answer may lie in a community-based approach.
Our Patient Perspectives Podcast Host, Desirea Richardson, sat down
with Dr. Nilsa Graciani, Chief STEM Officer and Director of STEM at
Esperanza College of Eastern University. Leading the work of
“Champions of Hope: Latinos Preventing Diabetes”, one of Cities
Changing Diabetes Philadelphia’s Innovation Challenge winning
projects for 2021, Nilsa shares with us the importance of engaging
youth leaders as catalysts for health education, introducing
prevention programming in underserved communities, and how
community-based programs can help.