Fulani and Massad help community develop beyond diabetes

Health care advocate Chermerdene Jordan writes in the Huffington Post this week about  Performing and Developing Beyond Diabetes — a promising, grassroots community health initiative, spearheaded by Lenora Fulani, Ph.D. and Susan Massad, M.D.  Dr. Fulani is the dean of UX, the All Stars Project’s free school of continuing development for people of all ages. Dr. Massad serves on the UX faculty; and both are popular Institute faculty.

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Dr. Susan Massad (c.) leads a UX field trip to the High Line in Manhattan.

Jordan’s essay, Diabetes and Development: A New Approach for Community Health, describes the diabetes workshop series, which has included field trips to the High Line and to the Mt. Kisco Child Care Center’s Feed Me Fresh nutrition program.

As part of their “field work,” students also met with produce managers at neighborhood grocery stores to discuss the community’s demands for more fresh fruits and vegetables.

The ongoing UX workshop also featured presentations by Spyros G. Mezitis, M.D.who has reported on the failure of traditional epidemiological approaches to stem the diabetes epidemic in the U.S.

Says Massad:

“While many see diabetes as a medical issue, it’s perhaps better understood as a disease of the community...We cannot expect, wait for or count on the government to take care of the diabetes epidemicIt’s a question of people putting pressure from the bottom-up to create change.”

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About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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