The Latino Coalition for a Healthy California has worked tirelessly for the past year to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption both in Berkeley and across the state, and we’re gearing up for a new battle this year. We’re talking about an urgent social justice issue: one out of every two Latino children will get type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes unless things change. These statistics are simply unacceptable, which is why we’re working to engage our community across the state to become informed advocates on this issue.
After successful forums last year in Fresno, Stockton, Berkeley, Santa Ana, and Baldwin Park, where we presented to over 100 people, we are heading back to Southern California to spread the word about the type 2 diabetes epidemic in the Latino community.
We’ll cover why diabetes has become so common among Latinos, what California advocacy and community groups are doing to prevent it, and how you and your neighbors can join the effort. This forum is ideal for community members concerned about diabetes and healthy food access, promotoras/community health workers, teachers, parents, and local leaders. All are welcome.
The forums are all from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and will be held in English and Spanish. Dinner will be provided and admission is free.
Community Forum Agenda
6:00 pm – Welcome + Dinner
6:10 pm – Sugary Drinks, Diabetes + Latinos
6:40 pm – Activities + Discussion
7:00 pm – Raffle
Wed. March 4th: San Diego
New Directions Family Resource Center
Campus of Rice Elementary
915 4th Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Thur. March 5th: Pomona
Pomona Community Health Center
1450 E. Holt Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
Thur. March 12th: East Los Angeles
2032 Marengo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Special thanks to our local host, the New Directions Family Resource Center, and our outreach partners, the San Ysidro Health Center, Dr. Gregory Talavera, the California Primary Care Association, and the American Heart Association.