Diabetes remains a large and growing public health emergency with a disproportionate impact on people of color in terms of prevalence, co-morbid conditions, emergency department use, and mortality. The COVID-19 pandemic has only further increased racial disparities and health risks. The Diabetes Working Group and Equity Task Force (DWG) is assisting the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) and its Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC) in reducing diabetes risk in people of color and promoting equity in outcomes.

Diabetes Working Group and Equity Task Force (DWG)

• Launched as private-public partnership to promote equity in diabetes treatment
and outcomes
• Programs include education and quality improvement support for clinical teams
and research, as well as community engagement activities to address social
determinants of health and research

Some of Our Programs

• Community-Based Diabetes Education in New Orleans, LA – Collaboration between the Healthy
Heart Community Prevention Project, Tulane University School of Medicine, Louisiana State
University School of Public Health, and SANKOFA NOLA to have trained medical students provide
education to Black patients with diabetes so as to enhance understanding and management of
their condition while accessing healthy foods
• Tele-education and Health Food Resources for Hispanic Patients with Poorly Controlled Health in
Corona, NY – The Federally Qualified Health Center, Plaza del Sol, is reaching out to their patients
with poorly controlled diabetes via telehealth to provide education about the disease and to
provide healthy food access
• Exhausting and Expensive: Themes from a Virtual Town Hall of African American Patients with
Diabetes – This virtual meeting of patients with diabetes from two black communities in Baltimore
City and Prince Georges county Maryland revealed the struggles faced in understanding and
effectively managing diabetes
• DRIVE Toolkit for Promoting Equity in Advanced Diabetes Management and Outcomes – Flagship
online program that supports clinicians and health systems in implementing quality improvement
and educational programs
• Webinar Series: COVID-19 and Diabetes – A series of webinars provided up-to-date information on
the interaction of COVID-19 and diabetes especially in African American populations and the
importance of COVID-19 immunization AND strong diabetes management