A Touch of Sugar
Confronting America’s type 2 diabetes epidemic – one community and one patient at a time.
Having support from medical professionals can make a big difference in helping the Hispanic/Latino community better manage type 2 diabetes. That’s why the NHMA and Merck are working together to help shed light on the social, economic and environmental factors that influence disease management with the documentary, A Touch of Sugar.
The film is narrated by acclaimed actress and documentary spokesperson, Viola Davis, and is told through the voices of people united in their struggle with this chronic disease. Interviews with patients and their loved ones, as well as doctors, advocates and thought leaders in the space, including NHMA’s Dr. Rios, explore the larger type 2 diabetes ecosystem at work and reinforce the disease as an urgent public health issue that cannot be ignored, especially among underserved populations.
As Shenekqual prepares for her wedding, Stewart heads to Capitol Hill, Niurka provides for her family, and Susie searches for the support she needs, A Touch of Sugar raises awareness of how we must fight the stigma associated with the disease and confront this epidemic – one patient and one community at a time.
Type 2 Diabetes Health Disparities Among Hispanics in the U.S.
Check out the below video for a sneak peek of how the documentary explores the disparities in health between Hispanics and other demographic groups due to factors such as language barriers, health literacy, access to care, environmental factors and cultural disconnect:
Learn more about how these factors impact type 2 diabetes management within the Hispanic community in the below infographics from Merck, available in English and Spanish:
To request a link to view the film, please visit AmericasDiabetesChallenge.com and press the link at the top of the page that reads “Click Here to View A Touch of Sugar.” On the website, you will also be able to find educational materials and type 2 diabetes management resources in both English and Spanish. If you would like to secure copies of these materials, please email AmericasDiabetesChallenge@gcihealth.com.
For those of you in the Los Angeles and New York City areas, we hope you can join us at the following upcoming events for a screening of a special edition of A Touch of Sugar addressing Hispanic health disparities in type 2 diabetes:
A Touch of Sugar Screening – Southern California
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
AltaMed Health Services Headquarters
2040 Camfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90040
A Touch of Sugar Screening – New York City
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Weill Cornell Medicine, Belfer Research Building, Room 302 A-C
413 E. 69th St, New York, NY 10021
The documentary is part of America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals – a program from Merck that urges people with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goal (A1C is the average blood glucose over the past 2-3 months). The program also encourages people to learn the signs and symptoms of low blood glucose, known as hypoglycemia.