$1.5 Million to Help Black Women Fight Diabetes

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

One in ten African-American women age 20 and older has diabetes according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, however, just took a giant step in order to help change that. According to reports from Business Wire, “the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation today awarded five grants totaling $1.5 million to organizations that will empower African-American women with type 2 diabetes to better manage their disease while also leveraging their standing as leaders in their families and communities to influence the health of those around them.”

These grants are in partnership with Together on Diabetes(R) — a $100 million five-year program. Their mission, like that of Bristol-Myers Squibb, is to focus on aiding adults disproportionately affected by type2 diabetes. Lamberto Andreotti, the chief executive officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb, says that “African-American women represent one of the country’s highest risk groups for developing and suffering the impact of type 2 diabetes.” He adds that “with these grants specifically focused on African-American women, Together on Diabetes(R) is supporting innovative efforts to make self management programs work for African-American women in the context of their lives.”

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.

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