Black-led community center aims to address diabetes health disparities in Minnesota
The Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis kicked off its “Better Together” initiative on Saturday, a collaboration with the Hue-Man Partnership and United Healthcare, designed to address health disparities in diabetes care and prevention.
Black adults are more than twice as likely as white adults to develop diabetes, with increased likelihood of hospitalization and other serious conditions, according to the American Health Association.
Scott Redd, president and CEO of Sabathani, said the partnership aims to change that.
“We can’t control things that are hereditary, but we can control how folks eat, the access and awareness that folks get to exercise and to eating healthy,” Redd said.
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On the first floor of Sabathani on Saturday, the initiative launched with a health screening where people could check their blood pressure, get their blood sugar tested and receive insurance referrals. Volunteers also helped connect participants to other needed help.