The Columbia (SC) Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is hosting a Zoom webinar on “Uncovering Facts About Diabetes in the African American Community” on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. The webinar presenter is LaCresha Mitchum, RN, MSN-Ed, CDCES. Please register to attend this free event at https://carolinaboxoffice.com.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. Approximately, 10.5% of the U.S. population have this debilitating disease and 4.2 million non-Hispanic African Americans aged 18 years or older have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national survey data. African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as compared to non-Hispanic Asians and non-Hispanic whites (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020). The risk factors associated with diabetes are inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020). Therefore, early identification of these risk factors and health promotion are critical in the fight to combat diabetes.

The Columbia (SC) Chapter of the National Coalition was chartered in 2014. Subsequent to a study of its demographics, numerous critical service issues were identified in the Midlands in leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education, mentoring and economic empowerment, for which the chapter developed programs that addressed the needs of women and girls of African descent. The vision of the organization is to see black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist. Additional information is available at ncbwcolumbiasc@gmail.com and on the chapter’s website at www.nc100wcolumbiasc.org.

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