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
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