In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) is focusing on ways to learn from Hispanics about their health and how to best promote it. In fact, SDRI has many programs specifically for the Hispanic/Latino population. For example, Mil Familias (a program of SDRI) is dedicated to learning more about the causes of type 2 diabetes in the Hispanic/Latino population. Another example is the COVID-19 Diabetes Emergency Response that SDRI launched when the pandemic began. We know that people with diabetes are at increased risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19, so SDRI created a Latino diabetes and COVID-19 bilingual web resource ( to provide relevant, up-to-date information with daily updates in Spanish and English focusing on diabetes and COVID-19. Hispanics/Latinos make up over 18% of United States residents and 39% of California residents. Research shows that Hispanics are more likely to develop serious health conditions (such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes) compared to non-Hispanic whites. Additionally, we know that Hispanics/Latinos in general have a higher rate of diabetes and poorer COVID-19 outcomes. Through research and education, SDRI hopes to improve the health and quality of life among Hispanic individuals, families and communities.

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Photo by Mil Familias © 2018.