Health Equity

We're Putting People First

Everyone deserves to have equitable access to lifesaving opportunities for diabetes prevention, care, and medication. Here's what we're doing about it.

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We're Taking a Stand Against Health Disparities

136 million Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes. This is a number we can't let continue to grow—especially when some communities still lack access to equitable health care and resources. Diabetes is the most expensive chronic condition in the United States, and millions of Americans struggle to afford health care, insulin, and other medications to manage their diabetes and associated complications. Here at the American Diabetes Association (ADA), we believe health equity is a human right. That's why we're fighting to build an equitable health care system to ensure everyone has access to the best possible diabetes care.

By the Numbers

Diabetes can impact anyone. But some communities are disproportionately affected—lacking diabetes awareness, education, and community resources. We're on a mission to change that.


higher diabetes risk for people who earn less that $80K/year


higher diabetes risk for African American & Hispanic people compared to other groups


of Americans with diabetes don't have regular access to healthy foods

We're Meeting People Where They Are

From programs like Project Power and ADA Camp to signature fundraising events like Tour de Cure® and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes®, the ADA is actively involved in the community to provide diabetes awareness and education.

We're Building Awareness Through Programs and Initiatives

The ADA is leading the fight against diabetes and addressing unmet needs in communities at a higher risk through advocating at the federal, state, and grassroots levels; promoting health equity; and funding lifesaving research. 

Here's How You Can Join the ADA in the Fight

You have the power to make a difference! Raise your voice to speak out against health disparities or raise funds to support lifesaving research in our quest to find a cure.


Raise Your Voice

Use your voice in the fight for equitable health care access, insulin affordability, increased research funding, and an end to diabetes discrimination.


Ways to Contribute

Participate in a fundraising event or become a monthly donor. Discover the many ways you can impact the lives of millions with your giving.