The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and DaVita have expanded their multi-year alliance to prevent chronic diseases, including diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD). 

This expanded effort, announced during National Kidney Month, aims to address the high prevalence of diabetes and CKD among Americans. 

Over 38 million Americans are living with diabetes, and nearly one in three adults with diabetes has CKD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Statistics Report.  

With CKD symptoms often mild and undetected, the collaboration emphasises the importance of understanding risk factors and taking proactive health measures. 

As part of the expanded initiative, DaVita has committed another $1.5m to support ADA’s efforts, which focus on at-risk individuals and those with diabetes and CKD.  

This funding also aims to drive hyperlocal and culturally relevant awareness, particularly in communities with greater needs.  

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The organisations noted that both diabetes and CKD disproportionately affect communities of colour, which includes Black and Hispanic or Latino populations. 

To overcome this issue, DaVita and ADA intend to improve health equity by developing strategies to increase awareness in underserved communities, address disparities in care, and reduce clinical biases.  

It will also involve creating materials in multiple languages, understanding cultural contexts, and identifying hurdles faced by these communities. 

Furthermore, the companies will establish a digital hub to provide accessible educational materials for patients and healthcare professionals.  

The ADA and DaVita will also pilot a registered dietitian programme to enhance diabetes education and resources, ensuring dietitians are well-equipped to deliver care for patients. 

Moreover, the partnership will sponsor the ADA’s State of Diabetes events in key markets. DaVita and ADA leaders will lead discussions on pressing topics related to the healthcare system and their shared patient populations. 

DaVita chief medical officer Dr Jeff Giullian said: “By combining our expertise in kidney care with the ADA’s leadership in diabetes education, we aim to make a lasting impact on chronic disease prevention, specifically in the communities that need it most.” 

ADA CEO Charles Henderson added: “We must continue the momentum and create more opportunities to promote diabetes and CKD education, especially in high-need communities with marginalised populations.”