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Unidos Contra Diabetes

Unidos Contra Diabetes is a community partnership dedicated to preventing diabetes. For many years, the members of this partnership have worked diligently to improve the health of children and families in the Rio Grande Valley. Now, existing efforts are being built upon and partnerships are formulating into a collective unit to magnify the impact on this important challenge.

Unfortunately, our community is suffering from an unprecedented diabetes epidemic – one that has touched the lives of almost everyone who lives and works in the Rio Grande Valley. Today, 16 percent of adults in the Rio Grande Valley report that they have diabetes, and many others go undiagnosed. Recognizing the complexity of the challenge, a group of community leaders came together in the fall of 2014 to form a steering committee dedicated to the idea that what we can accomplish together to prevent diabetes is much greater than the sum of our individual efforts. The group is comprised of leaders from hospitals, community clinics, foundations, universities, churches and community-based organizations.

The effort was launched with support from Methodist Healthcare Ministries, the Meadows Foundation, and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

The goal of Unidos Contra Diabetes is to reduce the number of new cases of type II diabetes in five years, resulting in a ten percent reduction in the prevalence of diabetes by 2030. We are committed to doing this by integrating primary and behavioral health for people at-risk for diabetes in our community, with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of low-income and underserved populations.

We are building a strong network of programs and services throughout South Texas to address the access to care need in the community.

MHM Policy Advocate