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Healthfirst, CAIPA AND NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital (NYP-LMP) Join Forces To Fight Diabetes In Asian-American Communities

Diabetes Awareness Month Workshop Educates Seniors on Diabetes Management

NEW YORK, NY, December 13, 2013 – Healthfirst, the Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA) and NYP-LMH, Chinese Community Partnership for Health announce their partnership to host a diabetes awareness workshop educating Asian-American seniors about Type 2 diabetes prevention and treatment. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 10:00am-2:00pm at CAIPA Foundation Social Daycare Center, 5721 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes is now the fifth-leading cause of death among Asian-American and Pacific Islander populations in the United States1. In the United States, 8.4 percent of Asian-Americans are diabetics with a prevalence of Type 2 diabetes affecting Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.2As recently as 2010 in New York City, 11.3% for Asian/Pacific Islanders were living with diabetes3. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease, occurring either when the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.

“We are proud to partner with CAIPA to provide necessary resources to fight the prevalence of diabetes in the Asian-American community,” said Susan Beane, MD, Healthfirst Vice President and Medical Director. “Healthfirst is committed to offering long-term guidelines that encourage healthier lifestyles not only during Diabetes Awareness Month but for a lifetime.”

According to George Liu, MD, PhD, President of CAIPA and the Founder of the Asian Diabetes Center, “diabetes is one of the most fast growing diseases in the world. People with diabetes have inadequate blood sugar control, which can lead to a wide range of dangerous complications. These complications include damage to the eyes leading to blindness, the heart leading to heart attacks and strokes, the kidneys leading to dialysis, and the peripheral nerves leading to lost limbs. Worldwide diabetes cases hit a new record at 382 million in 2013, compared with 371 million cases from last year, The country with the most diabetics overall is China, where the case load is expected to rise to 142.7 million in 2035 from 98.4 million at present. Type II diabetes affect nearly 50% of the Chinese population over age 65 in New York City. We are delighted to join forces with Healthfirst and CCPH to educate, support and help manage this serious illness for the seniors in our community.”

Seniors will learn about the disease prevention for conditions related to diabetes including heart disease and stress management. The workshop will conclude with a cooking demonstration of a healthy recipe by Center chefs and a Tai Chi exercise session. To learn more about Healthfirst, visit www.healthfirst.org

About Healthfirst

Established in 1993, Healthfirst is a not-for-profit managed care organization offering health insurance to individuals and families living in the New York metropolitan area. It provides a variety of low-cost or free government-sponsored health insurance, including New York State Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and managed long term care, as well as Medicare Advantage.  It is also a Qualified Health Plan on the New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. For more information, visit the company's websites at www.healthfirst.org and www.healthfirstnj.org.  

About Chinese American Independent Practice Association, Inc. (CAIPA)

Established in 1998, CAIPA is a group of high-quality and cost-effective multi-specialties doctors who help manage the health and well-being of residents of New York City, particularly Asian-Americans.  CAIPA has over 700 members and affiliated professionals serving over 400,000 residents in the Asian-American communities.  For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.caipa.net.

About NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital-Chinese Community Partnership for Health (CCPH)

Established in 1993, the goal of the Partnership is to offer preventive healthcare services and health education programs to the Chinese community, especially to elderly residents and to newly arrived immigrants who are not yet comfortable with the English language or the American healthcare system. For Twenty years, the CCPH has been providing free healthcare services to this underserved community. Our bilingual, culturally sensitive outreach team visits schools, community organizations, and senior centers to address their specific health needs.

For more information please call our hotline at 1-212-312-5740.

Contact:
Laura Vialva
Healthfirst
212-801-1451
718-764-3517 (mobile)
Lvialva@healthfirst.org 

 

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REFERENCES

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Leading Causes of Death by Race/Ethnicity (pdf)
Health, U.S., 2010, Table 26.  

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf. Accessed April 6, 2012.

3. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Epidemiology Services. EpiQuery: NYC Interactive Health Data System. www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/epi/epiquery.shtml. Accessed April 6, 2012.