SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

December 18, 2013 12:32 ET

Prince Hall Shriners Present Donation to the American Diabetes Association

Funds Will Support Research and Programs Directed Toward African Americans

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2013) - This morning, the Prince Hall Shriners (PHS) presented a $200,000 donation to the American Diabetes Association (Association) to support the Live Empowered®/African American educational initiative and study with the Association's Research Foundation grant program, both focused on helping African Americans better understand and manage their type 2 diabetes.

Effective information about the seriousness of diabetes, its risk factors and ways to help manage the disease is essential, yet many African Americans do not receive culturally competent or linguistically appropriate prevention services. Consequently, the incidence of diabetes, prediabetes and obesity continue to increase rapidly in the community.

"Nearly 26 million people are affected by diabetes and African Americans are nearly twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites," said Larry Hausner, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association. "The American Diabetes Association is thrilled to join with the Prince Hall Shriners and appreciate their generous contribution, which will allow us to focus on diabetes research and programs that will help Stop Diabetes® and expand our reach in African American communities across the country."

The funds will support the Association's African American educational initiative Live Empowered. This initiative develops culturally appropriate materials and community-based activities that empower, educate and create measurable differences in the prevalence of diabetes and its complications among people of African descent. Funds will also support specific research conducted by Lynn Cherrington, MD, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Cherrington's project aims to develop a mobile health technology platform that can be used to integrate care between people in the community, peer-support teams (such as community health workers) and primary care teams. The objective of this project is to better coordinate health care activities and improve diabetes management.

"The Prince Hall Shriners are showing our dedication to find a cure for diabetes," said Homer Buchanan, Imperial Potentate (President) of the Prince Hall Shriners. "Our collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and their Research Foundation demonstrates our commitment to stamping out this debilitating disease."

The following representatives from the Association were present at today's event: Larry Hausner, MBA, Chief Executive Officer; Maria Mupanomunda, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President, High Risk Programs & Health Disparities; Jane Chiang, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical and Community Affairs; M. Vaneeda Bennett, Chief Revenue Officer; Charles (Chip) De Witt, Director, Major Plans & Field RF/IG; and Denise Price-Brown, Director, African American Initiatives. Representatives from PHS included Homer L. Buchanan, Imperial Potentate (National President); Rochelle "Rick" Julian, Deputy Imperial Potentate (Vice-President); John T. Chapman, Administrator, National Diabetes Initiative; Ken Collins, PhD., MPH, MPP, Director, Public & Media Relations and Co-Chair, National Diabetes Initiative; Otis Kirksey, PharmD., R Ph., CDE, Chair, National Diabetes Initiative; Sadie Mitchell, Imperial Commandress (National President), Daughters of Isis; and, Lula Land-Jeter, President, Prince Hall Shriners Foundation.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to STOP DIABETES® and its deadly consequences for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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