District of Columbia Health Disparities Commission Victory

We did it!

Thanks to hard work and passion of Diabetes Advocates, the District of Columbia Commission on Health Disparities Establishment Act has become law.

The law creates a commission to study the higher prevalence of chronic diseases, including diabetes, among the District of Columbia's minority populations including African Americans, Hispanics, and other communities. The commission will be made up of experts from a variety of fields including: health disparities, social and human services, early learning and education, minority communities, economic development

Every year, an estimated 60,000 Washingtonians are diagnosed with diabetes, costing the government an estimated $600 million each year in medical costs and lost productivity.

"This legislation is critical to understanding how we can better improve health within minority communities, which are disproportionally affected by chronic disease, including diabetes," said Daniel Kohrman, Washington D.C. Advocacy Chair for the American Diabetes Association. "Because of this law, the District of Columbia can take another step forward in its effort to Stop Diabetes®."