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Multicultural Programs

African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans develop diabetes at much higher rates than the general population. Learning to manage a disease like diabetes is hard enough. But if your primary language is not English or you come from a different culture, you face even greater hurdles to getting good care.

At Joslin Clinic, we want to make sure that all people with pre-diabetes or diabetes get high-quality healthcare and education. As part of two initiatives we have launched—the Latino Diabetes Initiative and the Asian American Diabetes Initiative—we offer culturally-specific diabetes clinics staffed by bilingual healthcare providers. By providing services and resources in a patient’s native language and cultural context, we aim to build trust, confidence and self-care skills. We also offer services to the African American community.

Latino Diabetes Initiative and the Latino Clinic

Latinos are the fastest growing and largest minority group in the United States and their risk of developing diabetes is 1.5 times greater than non-Latino white Americans. In addition, they also have a greater chance of developing complications.

The Latino Clinic team - endocrinologist, nurse practitioner, dietitian and psychology fellow - all speak Spanish and understand the cultural needs of this population. We provide one-on-one appointments, group education classes, support groups, and a diabetes and pregnancy clinic.

Asian American Diabetes Initiative and the Asian Clinic

Though Asian Americans tend to be less obese (a risk factor for diabetes), they are almost twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than Caucasian Americans. The risk is much higher for Asians living in America than for those living in Asia (related to the high-fat, high-calorie Western diet). The Asian Clinic offers diabetes care through a team of three endocrinologists, a nurse practitioner, an ophthalmologist, an optometrist, a registered dietitian and a care ambassador. We provide one-on-one appointments with clinicians and a dietitian who are culturally sensitive to the Asian population.

For more informaton, visit the website of the Asian American Diabetes Initiative.

Black Diabetes Initiative

The Black Diabetes Initiative (BDI), established in 2011 and led by Eiuche Okeke M.D., is a customized approach for Blacks living with diabetes.

This initiative builds upon the tenets of diabetes care established by Elliott P. Joslin, M.D. in the early 1900s, which brought care and education into the community through "wandering nurses." Similarly, the BDI takes Joslin's multi-disciplinary model of care and education outside the walls of Joslin.

As a community-based model for Blacks living with diabetes, the BDI addresses the health complications that are prevalent among Black Americans and provides socially competent diabetes treatment and prevention programs -- including education, outreach, and clinical care -- to empower all Blacks to achieve better health results.


Page last updated: August 18, 2016