Diabetes Hands Foundation and LIFT-Levántate Formalize Partnership to Benefit People Living with Diabetes

Developing and delivering innovative health programs for Latinos touched by diabetes

BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF) and LIFT- Levántate (LIFT) are partnering to develop bilingual/multicultural strategies, deliver programs, and produce materials aimed at benefiting underserved Latinos living with diabetes and those at risk.

Through this partnership, DHF and LIFT will collaborate to develop and deliver innovative health education, outreach, and support services for people, particularly Latinos, at risk for and living with diabetes and their families. Delivered both face-to-face and online, this partnership's programs will focus on empowering people disproportionately affected by diabetes so that they are successful in their self-care. 

Both organizations work directly with diabetes patients and their families providing health education, health services, and peer support. DHF is best known for its online communities for people touched by diabetes: TuDiabetes.org (in English) and EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish). LIFT, a nonprofit community health agency, provides healthcare and education to people in need throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

"Together we have the expertise and network to deliver innovative services to people touched by diabetes—especially to Latinos, who are nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes," stated Manny Hernandez, DHF president. "By combining access to information and support 24/7 online with community-based services our programs will have the potential to reach people whenever and wherever they need that support."

Latinos in the US are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes according to the Center for Disease Control. Access to quality health education and healthcare delivered in a culturally sensitive manner is critically important to insuring better health outcomes for patients and their families. Both DHF and LIFT provide services in Spanish and English and in a culturally sensitive manner.

"Diabetes has become one of the overwhelming health challenges facing the children, families, and communities we serve," stated Richard Waxman, LIFT executive director. "By combining our resources we can provide the emotional and educational support necessary to live a happy, healthy, and vital life."

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. The American Diabetes Association reports nearly 26 million people are currently living with diabetes in the US. According to the California Diabetes Association 1 in 7 Californians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Millions more are living with diabetes but are undiagnosed. Racial minority and economically disadvantaged communities are disproportionately affected by diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that is, for the most part, managed independently by the patient. Even when patients meet regularly with their healthcare team and complete quarterly medical tests, patients are left on their own for the vast majority of the time to manage medication and lifestyle factors, like diet, exercise, and stress management. The experience is overwhelming, not just for patients but also for their families and caregivers. It is critically important for diabetes patients and their families to understand diabetes and what they can do to manage their overall health. Often a diabetes diagnosis is a crisis point. Only through a combination of education, social support, and medical treatment can patients and their families build confidence in their self-care and experience calm.

DHF and LIFT are joining forces to provide diabetes patients and their families with the information, skills, and health services needed to successfully manage life with diabetes so that they experience vitality and minimize the negative effect of diabetes.

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About Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF)

Diabetes Hands Foundation (www.DiabetesHandsFoundation.org) brings together people touched by diabetes for positive change to make sure that nobody living with this condition ever feels alone. Diabetes can be a very isolating disease. We provide opportunities for people with diabetes and their loved ones to connect and have an open dialog about their experiences with this chronic condition. Instead of looking at the disease, DHF seeks to understand, connect, and energize the millions of people living with this condition.

DHF hosts two active online communities for people touched by diabetes: TuDiabetes.org (in English) and EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish); the Big Blue Test, a program for empowerment through exercise; and Diabetes Advocates, a consortium of champions for people touched by diabetes.

About LIFT-Levántate (LIFT)
LIFT-Levántate (www.LIFT-Levantate.org) is a California non-profit organization dedicated to creating healthy, equitable communities for those facing significant health challenges and with limited access to affordable resources.  Our mission is to empower community members to embrace and sustain healthy activities.  We accomplish this through our five key strategies: Health Education, Health Access, Training and Technical Assistance, Policy and Systems, and Evaluation and Research. LIFT is dedicated to successfully implementing these strategies and actively strengthening local and statewide partnerships to support our mission.

Media Contact: Manny Hernandez, Diabetes Hands Foundation, 510.898.1301, manny@diabeteshf.org

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