Photo by Steven Depolo
Article by Liz Anderson

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) welcomes citizens of Flint to attend the 8th Better Health Together monthly coalition meeting to participate in helping eliminate diabetes-related health disparities in African American adults. The coalition hopes to improve and develop safe, healthy, educated neighborhoods through community action and resources. In the words of Quintin Marshal, coalition member and Superintendent of New Life Tabernacle COGIC: “Ignorance of diabetes is killing us but education of diabetes can help save our lives.” 

NKFM invites the community to attend the meeting and have a say in transforming the community into a place that supports and promotes healthy lifestyle choices. The next meeting will take place on July 14, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Flint Public Library located at 1026 E. Kearsley St. All Flint residents are welcome to join.

The NKFM was recently awarded a 5-year grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grant, National Program to Eliminate Diabetes-Related Disparities in Vulnerable Populations, was given to just five organizations across the country and will provide $2.5 million dollars of funding over the next five years. The success of this grant will require a large amount of collaboration with various partners, big and small. This new grant will allow the NKFM to work extensively within three specific communities (Flint, Inkster, and Northwest Detroit) to address the social determinants of health that lead to health disparities in African American adults with diabetes.

For over a decade, reducing health disparities has been a focus of the NKFM, bringing together key strengths and expertise to address the formidable challenges implementing innovative community-based interventions. The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM is widely known for providing more programs and services to more people than any other region or state. The organization was recognized for its success in sound fiscal management by receiving a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator—the nation’s leading charity evaluator.

© Liz Anderson, 2011