Official Statement

Statement from CEO, Tracey D. Brown on Dr. Anthony Fauci's Comments on Health Equity

May 18, 2021 | Arlington, Virginia

I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Fauci that people of color have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic due to systemic health inequities. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has been a leader in advocating for policy change during and after the pandemic to address health inequities laid bare by COVID-19. We successfully pushed Congress and the administration for greater telehealth flexibility in Medicare, expanded access to SNAP through additional funding and online purchasing programs, COVID-19 testing resources and vaccine distribution in medically underserved communities, and access to affordable health insurance through COBRA subsidies and expanded ACA tax credits.  
We are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure the devastating impact that has been endured during this pandemic never happens again. The ADA has made it a mission to tackle health equity NOW for these communities and we will continue to push for solutions to health inequities as our nation begins to move forward in a post-pandemic society.

# # #


About the American Diabetes Association
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).