McFarland & Associates, Inc. has partnered with FHI 360 to implement a novel family-centered approach for the control, management, and prevention of type 2 diabetes among Black families in the Washington, Metropolitan area.

Black Families Defying Diabetes Together is a population health intervention assessing the benefits of a:

  •  family-centered approach in which persons with diabetes (PWD) and up to two family members can take part.
  • community health worker that provides support and offers ideas to facilitate behavior changes needed to manage and/or prevent type 2 diabetes.
  • customized evidence-based diabetes focus education for Black families.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death, sickness, and disability in the United States. More than 130 million adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2022 National Diabetes Statistics Report. Black families bear a disproportionate burden of diabetes nationally and by state. Diabetes does not have to continue to have this impact on Black families.

Currently, most evidenced-based diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) programs do not address the interpersonal, family, and cultural factors for lasting success. This customized intervention for Black families incorporates these elements in the intervention and draws on evidenced-based DSMES programs, as well as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program for adult family members with prediabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes.

We have the knowledge, tools, and resources to equip Black families make incremental changes that will have lasting impacts on their families’ health now and in the health and well-being of future generations. Join us and be a part of the movement to improve the health trajectory of Black families!

To learn more about Black Families Defying Diabetes Together, how you can become involved as a participant, health care provider, advocate, or health ambassador. Complete the interest form below and we will get you connected!


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