Washington, DC – 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 Walmart Foundation’s support of the organization’s signature culturally and linguistically and age sensitive health and wellbeing program, Salud y Bienestar, which educates Hispanic older adults, families, and caregivers on how to prevent and/or manage this chronic disease:
“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 has been working to delay the onset of this disease within the Hispanic community through research and the development of a public health intervention called Salud y Bienestar (Health and Wellbeing).
“Salud y Bienestar is unique in that it addresses the challenges Hispanic older adults face in terms of diabetes prevention and management through culturally and linguistically appropriate and age sensitive approach.
“NHCOA thanks the Walmart Foundation for recognizing the severity of the issue and for supporting Salud y Bienestar so it can continue helping to improve the health and wellbeing of Hispanic older adults, families, and caregivers across the country.
“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.”