Diabetes Research Center

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently 26 million people are living with diabetes in the U.S. and a staggering one in three Alabamians born after 2000 will develop diabetes during their lifetime. Cities for Life connects people living with diabetes to community-based resources that can help them manage their condition and live healthier lives. This is a project by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAPF) Foundation with the support of the healthcare company Sanofi US.

Birmingham was chosen to launch the program not only because of its high rate of diabetes but because of the city’s ability to quickly convene a Community Action Team of more than 40 local organizations ready to share much needed resources with patients and health advocates. The program has a two-pronged education model using patient navigators to contact patients and health advocates directly to connect them to  diabetes resources. Community Action Team member organizations use their resources to share the message of resources such as UAB HealthSmart and the program’s diabetes website www.myDiabetesConnect.com.

UAB HealthSmart provides the community outreach component for the Cities for Life program, offering free health profile screenings that include blood sugar results to help detect signs of diabetes.  "Working together we are helping to close the gap on Alabama’s high-risk numbers. We must work together to help our city and our nation heal,” shares Joanice Thompson, associate director of the Community Outreach Program at UAB HealthSmart.

Cities for Life - Program Poster

Ben Vereen Visits UAB HealthSmart to Set the Stage for Cities For Life and to Jump-Start Diabetes Awareness Month