LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion on proclaiming November 2021 as Los Angeles County Diabetes Awareness Month and instructing several County departments to help raise awareness and provide outreach and resources on this chronic health condition:

“As with many chronic conditions, diabetes does not impact all groups of people equally. Latino/a/x, Black, and Native communities experience significantly higher rates of diabetes than their White and Asian counterparts. Diabetes is also more pronounced in low-income and food insecure communities,” shared Chair Solis. “Through healthy lifestyle changes, including increasing access to healthy foods, weight loss efforts, and active living, diabetes can be prevented or delayed. That’s why I’m glad to see that this year, national efforts are focused on prediabetes and diabetes prevention. Today’s motion will help to reinforce our efforts here at home to provide education and resources to address and prevent diabetes while coordinating in the national efforts to address this chronic condition. At a time when this pandemic has shined a bright light on health disparities, let’s come together and address one of the most pressing, yet preventable, chronic disparities impacting our County.”

There are over 3.7 million low-income residents here in the County. On top of that, 1 in 3 Latino/a/x and 1 in 3 Black children are living in poverty and experiencing food insecurity, increasing the risk to develop diabetes later in life. In 2018 it was estimated that 903,000 County adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. Furthermore, more than 2 in 5 had prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes.

The motion approved today proclaims November 2021 as Los Angeles County Diabetes Awareness Month. The motion also directs the County’s Department of Public Health to work closely with the County’s Office of Education and school districts to provide culturally-relevant messaging regarding diabetes prevention to students and their families, while increasing access to healthy meals at schools. Additionally, the motion instructs the County’s Department of Health Services to conduct prevention and awareness outreach to patients and visitors, while encouraging screening in patients with prediabetes, as well as instruct our County legislative advocates to identify opportunities to advocate for more critical funding at the federal and state levels to support chronic disease prevention.

To view the full motion, click here.