On Wednesday November 14th, Humboldt Park residents will come together for a unique event to improve the health of our community. In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Day, we will hold the first Diabetes State of the Community Forum at Rebaño Compañerismo Church at 2435 W. Division Street (Paseo Boricua) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. Organized by the Humboldt Park Block-by-Block Diabetes Study, this event will convene over 250 residents and leaders to learn some of the findings of this major NIH-sponsored study. The morning will begin with a Youth Empowerment Diabetes Summit that will bring together high school and college students from the Chicago area.
The Youth Summit will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will consist of two parts. The first part will be an educational presentation about the causes and problems of diabetes. For the second part, the students will break into workgroups to discuss specific things they can do to help themselves, their families, and their communities to prevent and controls diabetes.
At 11:00 a.m. will begin the Block-by-Block Report to the Community. This will be the first public opportunity to review the preliminary data from the Block-By-Block study, and to learn about the challenges and opportunities in addressing the growing problem of diabetes in Humboldt Park. The program will feature a panel presentation by Block-By-Block study participants. The forum will also be a celebration of the community’s accomplishments in the five years since the 2007 Summit on Diabetes and Latino Health Care, and a call to further action and organizing.