As the leading global type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and advocacy organization, JDRF has a responsibility to carry out its mission to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications for everyone living with and impacted by T1D. We must help dismantle the barriers that make diabetes healthcare difficult for Black, Brown, and medically underserved people to ensure better health outcomes.
From educating people about T1D and ensuring access to diabetes technology and affordable insulin to emphasizing the importance of members of the BIPOC (Black Indigenous or People of Color) community’s participation in clinical studies and community engagement, we aim to make a difference and improve the quality of life for everyone living with and impacted by T1D.
It is essential to recognize Black history as an integral part of American history and to be aware of the incredible accomplishments of Black people, despite the obstacles of socioeconomic disparities and systemic racism that continue to plague communities and our healthcare system. From pacemakers and blood transfusions to neurosurgery on conjoined twins and open-heart surgery—these are just a few of the lifesaving monumental achievements Black medical experts have made to advance the healthcare we know and benefit from today.
Join us in honoring African American pioneers who have made significant contributions to research, science, and healthcare: