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Grants to Spur Diabetes Interventions in Four Southwestern Tribal Communities

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The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation celebrated World Diabetes Day on November 14 and the first anniversary of its Together on Diabetes: Communities Uniting to Meet America’s Diabetes Challenge by awarding $18.4 million in grants to help communities hardest hit by type 2 diabetes.

As part of this effort, Together on Diabetes will partner with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health to pioneer intergenerational, family- and community-focused interventions for type 2 diabetes in four tribal communities in the Southwestern United States. Johns Hopkins will receive $2.25 million over two years to adapt a family health coach model to address diabetes prevention and care, screening and diagnosis, healthy lifestyle behavior change, and patient/family self-management. American Indians and Alaska natives suffer the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the nation—as high as one in three in the Navajo and Apache communities this partnership will target.

Together on Diabetes is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to fight type 2 diabetes in the United States and has awarded 17 grants totaling $32.5 million since its launch on World Diabetes Day 2010. Previous grants have focused on African American women and on supporting national health care innovations.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes around the world for patients disproportionately affected by serious disease.

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