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American Diabetes Association Receives $450,000 Grant From Abbott Fund for Latino Community Initiatives
Date:6/2/2008

Grant Will Fund Chicago Latino Outreach Program and National Latino

Outreach Toolkit

CHICAGO, June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The American Diabetes Association (ADA) was recently awarded a $450,000 grant from Abbott Fund to support the ADA's Chicago Latino Outreach program and the National Latino Outreach Toolkit. Diabetes is an urgent health problem in the Latino community. The rate of diabetes amongst Hispanics is almost double that of non-Latino whites. Getting information to this community about the seriousness of diabetes, its risk factors, those who may be at risk and ways to help manage the disease is essential. This grant will provide assistance to ADA in their efforts to create awareness and combat diabetes in the Latino community.

"The American Diabetes Association is honored to receive this generous award from Abbott Fund," states Nancy Harris, senior executive director of ADA. "Latinos are the largest ethnic minority group in metropolitan Chicago and across the country. They also represent a population that suffers greatly from diabetes," continues Harris. "This grant will help the ADA advance our programs to reach the Latino community, and continue our outreach efforts to help improve the quality of life for Latinos with diabetes."

"Diabetes is a serious and costly health care crisis that disproportionately impacts the Latino community. As part of our ongoing effort to expand access to health care, we are excited to work with the ADA to help close the gap in diabetes awareness and treatment in this at-risk population," said Catherine V. Babington, president, Abbott Fund.

Abbott Fund is the presenting sponsor of the National Latino Outreach Toolkit, and also is the presenting sponsor of ADA's Chicago Latino Outreach program for two years. This is a collaborative effort between the American Diabetes Association and the Latino community to proactively fight diabetes.

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