Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)— the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers— made the following remarks regarding the expansion of the Walmart Foundation’s support of the organization’s signature culturally and linguistically and age sensitive health and wellbeing program, Salud y Bienestar to new regions of the country. Salud y Bienestar educates Hispanic older adults, families, and caregivers on how to prevent and/or manage this chronic disease:
“As we continue to address the unique challenges Hispanic older adults face in terms of diabetes prevention and management, NHCOA is pleased to announce the expansion of our Salud y Bienestar (Health and Well-Being) program to more regions of the country. Type 2 diabetes is one of the most serious public health issues our country currently faces— particularly its impact on diverse older adults— which is why NHCOA is pleased to have the support of the Walmart Foundation for a second consecutive year.
“With the program expansion, Salud y Bienestar is better positioned to reach a broader swath of Latino seniors who face different challenges in terms of diabetes prevention and management through culturally and linguistically appropriate and age sensitive approach.
“NHCOA thanks the Walmart Foundation for its support and investment in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of Hispanic older adults, families, and caregivers across the country through the Salud y Bienestar initiative.
“It is our collective hope to contribute in closing the widening gap that is hindering Latino seniors from getting the information, access, and resources they need to effectively manage or prevent this chronic condition, and NHCOA is proud to work alongside the Walmart Foundation to achieve this goal.”