Jacksonville to Host Diabetes Education and Awareness Summit focusing on the African-American Community, 5:30pm, Nov. 1st

October 26, 2018 in Featured, Hot Business Tips, In the news, Members Only by admin

Jacksonville to Host Diabetes Education and Awareness Summit focusing on the AfricanAmerican Community

This event is FREE and open to the public

[JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, Oct 22, 2018] In support of Diabetes Awareness Month, the Jacksonville Urban League, FirstThursday Jacksonville (co-host), the City of Jacksonville, the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and other community-based organizations are hosting the Jacksonville Diabetes Education and Awareness Summit. The American Diabetes Association estimates that over 30 million Americans are affected by Diabetes and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. In the African American population, studies show that they are disproportionately affected by diabetes in comparison to the general population. The Jacksonville summit will primarily focus on African Americans who are disproportionately affected by this disease. Additionally, the Jacksonville City Council president, the Honorable Aaron Bowman will present a Resolution (2018-693) designating November as Diabetes Awareness Month in Jacksonville and Duval County.

02-02-2017 JUL Black History Legacy Awards

In the photo, L-R: Dr. Richard Danford, President,Jacksonville Urban League, W. Larry Williams, CEO, Anchor Advertising Group & FirstThursday’s and Linnie Finley, Vice President, Jacksonville Urban League attending a FirstThursday Jacksonville professional networking meeting.

“We are pleased to have this partnership with Eli Lilly and Company (The Lilly Diabetes Solution Center) and FirstThursday Jacksonville. We understand the importance of being able to educate and inform our constituents about the many risk factors related to diabetes. This is an opportunity for us to empower more of Jacksonville’s community that is affected by this disease”, said Dr. Richard Danford, President and CEO of the Jacksonville Urban League. In the 2017 Florida Diabetes’s Advisory Council report, African Americans and other minorities make up 49% of the overall population of individuals affected with diabetes. This data further reinforces the critical need for continuous community outreach and education of our community. Support for the Jacksonville Diabetes Education and Awareness Summit comes from Eli Lilly and Company.

The Lilly Diabetes Solution Center offers assistance to people across the U.S. who struggle financially to afford their insulin. More information about the center can be found at insulinaffordability.com.

The Jacksonville Diabetes Education and Awareness Summit will commence at 5:30 pm, Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Salem Centre in Jacksonville. The FREE event will feature a keynote speaker, diabetes/medical professionals, members of faith-based communities, city officials, community groups, Lilly representatives and testimonials from individuals living with diabetes.

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If you would like more information about the Jacksonville Urban League or to schedule an interview, please call Linnie Finley at (904) 723-4009 or email l.finley@jaxul.org

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