Welcome to Friday Facts! Each week we'll be taking a look at a specific chart from the Data & Resources section of our website. This week we're focusing on diabetes in California.
The rates of diabetes in California (and across the country for that matter) have been cause for concern for quite a while. According to a recent report from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), over 2.3 million Californians have been diagnosed with diabetes, with the vast majority (1.9 million) being Type 2. Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in the state, with roughly 8,000 dying of complications each year.
As you can see in this chart from our Data & Resources section, the most recent California Health Interview Survey – conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research – found that there are some noticeable disparities in diabetes rates. Native Americans (13.9%), African Americans (11.4%) and Latinos (9.9%) all have higher diabetes rates than Whites (7.2%).
We are trying something new at CPEHN as we kick off 2015! With so much great work being done to improve the health of California’s communities of color, we are creating a forum to highlight inspiring efforts. Today we are launching Voices for Health Equity, an online community that will focus on efforts here at CPEHN and by others around the state to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.
We hope you enjoy the content featured in our blog and invite you to join in the discussion. From increasing access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health coverage to addressing the social and environmental factors that impact our health, we will strive to make Voices for Health Equity an interactive, encouraging, and trusted source of information on resources, events, policy efforts, and critical issues that impact health.
Throughout the year we will be looking for guest authors so keep Voices for Health Equity in mind if you have an important call to action, a new report, or an event that can’t be missed. We’d love to help spread the word. If you’re interested in contributing, please contact our Communications Coordinator, David Dexter.
This is an important time for all of us concerned with the health of California’s communities of color. We know many of you out there are working to achieve health equity, and this blog can be a platform for your voices. So without further ado, welcome to Voices for Health Equity. Enjoy!