Community Overview

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Community Overview

Discover the Power of Diabetes Support

Find the Connections You Need

Whether you’re battling diabetes or have a loved one who is, building connections with other people can be the best medicine.

Chances are, there’s some great stuff happening right in your own community, from fundraisers and drives to nearby summer camps and more.

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than Camp

ADA Camps are offered each summer to over 6,000 youth with diabetes across the United States. For over 70 years, our camp program has offered a traditional summer camp experience while giving children the chance to develop basic diabetes self-management skills. At camp, children connect with others facing the same circumstances, build their confidence, and overcome feelings of isolation. What are you waiting for?

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Healthy Habits Start Here

Project Power blends activities, education, and fun to help kids at risk of type 2 diabetes and their families create healthy habits for life. We are committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve, and each program empowers kids and families to learn together, support one another, and build a healthy future.

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Keep it Local: Offices and Events

Your local ADA office is a great place to learn about community resources and upcoming events. Stop by and see what’s coming up, check out our events calendar, or find out how you can help.

Inclusion and Awareness

We work tirelessly to reach communities throughout the U.S. to prevent diabetes among at-risk populations and ensure all people with diabetes get the best care, treatment, and information.

community inclusion
  • African American community–Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems the African American community faces today. And compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes.
  • Latino and Hispanic community–Diabetes is an urgent health problem in the Latino community, where diabetes rates are nearly double those of non-Latino whites. Nearly 13% of the Hispanic/Latino population in the U.S. live with diabetes.
  • AANHPI community–Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) are at increased risk for diabetes at different BMIs when compared to Caucasian Americans. According to Joslin's Asian American Diabetes Initiative, Asian Americans are considered overweight and at increased risk for type 2 diabetes at a BMI of 24. Pacific Islanders are considered overweight and at risk at a BMI of 27.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native community–At nearly 15%, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups.
  • Older adult community–Diabetes disproportionately affects older adults. Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 have diabetes, and aging of the U.S. population is widely acknowledged as one of the drivers of the diabetes epidemic.