SAN DIEGO, CA – (December 18, 2023) Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) has been selected as one of the ten community organizations in the nation to receive a grant as part of the Know Diabetes by Heart initiative, a joint effort by the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. This initiative aims to empower individuals living with Type 2 diabetes to lower their risk of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.

The grants, awarded to organizations in California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico, will support the delivery of diabetes and cardiovascular disease education materials and resources in both English and Spanish. The outreach efforts will particularly target Black and Latino populations, which experience higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke compared to non-Hispanic white populations.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death and a major cause of disability for individuals with Type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, only about half of those aged 45 or older with diabetes understand their increased risk for developing heart disease or have discussed it with their healthcare provider.

Fran Butler-Cohen, CEO of Family Health Centers of San Diego, expressed gratitude for the recognition and the opportunity to contribute to this vital initiative. «At FHCSD, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of our community. This grant will allow us to expand our efforts in providing essential education and resources to those living with Type 2 diabetes, especially focusing on those who face disparities in healthcare outcomes. Together with the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association, we can make significant strides in reducing cardiovascular events and deaths among individuals with Type 2 diabetes.»

The Know Diabetes by Heart initiative serves as a critical step towards building awareness and support networks to empower individuals with Type 2 diabetes in managing their health effectively. Family Health Centers of San Diego is honored to be part of this transformative initiative and looks forward to making a positive impact on the lives of those it serves.

For more information about the grant, visit https://newsroom.heart.org/news/know-diabetes-by-heartTM-collaborative-awards-funding-for-community-education

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About Family Health Centers of San Diego
For over 50 years, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) mission has been to provide caring, affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. FHCSD is one of the nation’s ten largest FQHCs, operating over 70 sites across San Diego County and providing care to more than 227,000 patients each year, of whom 93% are low-income and 29% are uninsured.