Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) is Working to Reduce Health Disparities Caused by Diabetes

    Each year 1.7 million adults are diagnosed with diabetes. Those with diabetes have double the medical costs and 50% higher risk of dying than those without the disease.  Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and leg or foot amputations.  Ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by the diabetes epidemic, specifically African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. Our research focuses on reducing the prevalence of diabetes and the risks associated with the disease.  This is consistent with the late Dr. Angelou’s goals of bringing social justice and optimal health to all people and MACHE’s designation as a Center of Excellence by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).  Funding is provided by a P60 grant through NIMHD. 

    Currently, MACHE is translating findings from several large clinical trials into two community-based interventions.  LIFT Diabetes is for people with type 2 diabetes who will gain the skills and confidence to manage diabetes through education and guidance beyond what can be offered by their physician.  Latinos Combatiendo la Diabetes (La Comunidad) is a group-based, lifestyle intervention to prevent diabetes among Latinos.  It promotes weight loss, physical activity, and healthy nutrition and is delivered by Lay Health Advisors. Both interventions offer new approaches that if successful can be implemented more broadly in North Carolina and beyond.

    Find out more about Latinos Combatiendo la Diabetes (La Comunidad) in English here.

    Para más información (en Español) sobre Latinos Combatiendo la Diabetes (La Comunidad), haz clic aqui.

    Find out more about LIFT Diabetes here.



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    Last Updated: 10-21-2014
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