Cara Elizabeth McGlone, Adam D. Moorman, Dorothy Kelsey Seabrook


Presentation: 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: MED 480



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Access to quality medical care can be difficult for many racial and ethnic groups for several social determinants, namely due to racial or ethnic discrimination. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 37.3 million people in the United States are affected by diabetes, which is about 11.3 percent of the population. The breakdown of racial and ethnic groups diagnosed with diabetes is as follows: Alaskan Native/American Indian (15.1%), Asian (8.0%), Hispanic (12.7%), Black (12.1%), and only 7.4 percent of diagnosed American adults are non-Hispanic white. This means that the vast majority of those who have diabetes are people of color, which is why discussing the racial disparities in care is essential. There are many complications that can occur if diabetes goes untreated, including kidney and eye damage. It is important for the individual to take steps to keep good health, with their diet and lifestyle, however, that is not to ignore all of the social factors that prevent this. Additionally, there is a disparity in the treatment of patients of color with diabetes. According to a study published in MedCare, people who reported discrimination in care received significantly lower quality of care for their diabetes. Moreover, African Americans were calculated to have 40% of the odds of having an appropriate number of primary care visits for diabetes in comparison to Caucasians. Not only have people of color experienced higher rates of diabetes, but also experience significantly less appropriate care for this disease due to multiple factors.

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Course Project

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John L. Lyman

Primary Advisor's Department

Premedical Programs


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Reduced Inequalities

Racial Disparities in Healthcare Among Diabetes Patients