The AHA and ADA Award Community Grants to Help Improve Cardiovascular Risks in Type 2 Diabetes Patients


Through their initiative, Know Diabetes by Heart, The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association awarded up to $900,000 in community grants to help patients with type 2 diabetes lower their risks of experiencing cardiovascular events, including. People with type 2 diabetes are at high risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.

“Knowledge is power and arming these community organizations with resources and accessible information is key for people with type 2 diabetes to better understand their elevated risk for heart disease and stroke,” Robert A. Gabbay, MD, Ph.D., FACP, chief scientific and medical officer for the  American Diabetes Association (ADA), said in the release. “We are pleased to work with these 10 organizations who are dedicated to improving the health of their communities to get the information into the hands of those who need it most.”

The intention of these community grants is to provide organizations, which range from health coalitions to community health centers, the ability to develop and provide educational resources about diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Part of this effort is to also target Black and Latino populations who are more likely to have diabetes and more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

The Know Diabetes by Heart community grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Clemson University’s Health Extension for Diabetes in South Carolina
  • Gateway Community Health Center’s Gateway Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Self-Management Program in Texas
  • InquisitHealth’s Peer Mentoring Programs in New York and Nevada
  • Johns Hopkins University’s DECIDE Self-Management Support Programs in Maryland and Kansas
  • New Mexico State University’s NMSU Cooperative Extension Service diabetes self-management programs in New Mexico
  • Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute’s Project Dulce – Dulce Digital in California
  • Texas A&M University Center for Population Health and Aging’s Your Diabetes, Your Heart program
  • Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition – University of Illinois at Chicago’s Diabetes Empowerment Education Program
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Jefferson Health Preventive Cardiology Program in Pennsylvania
  • Esperanza’s Champions of Hope: Latinos Preventing Diabetes program in Pennsylvania.

Know the Warning Signs of Cardiovascular Disease

As a person with type 2 diabetes, it is critical for you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a possible major adverse cardiovascular event (MACE). If you are, please contact your doctor immediately. Still, even if you are not experiencing any of the signs, make sure you’re regularly screened by your healthcare provider to assess your risks.

  • Pain or discomfort in the chest, neck, arms, left shoulder, elbow, or back.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heart flutters or irregular heartbeats
  • Severe headache

Learn more about this topic by checking out all of our heart health and diabetes resources here.

WRITTEN BY T'ara Smith, MS, Nutrition Education, POSTED 03/12/21, UPDATED 08/08/22

T'ara was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July 2017 at the age of 25. Since her diagnosis, she focused her academic studies and career on diabetes awareness and living a full life with it. She’s excited to have joined the Beyond Type 1 team to continue her work. Two years later, T'ara discovered she'd been misdiagnosed with type 2 and actually has LADA. Outside the office, T’ara enjoys going to the movies, visiting parks with her dog, listening to BTS and cooking awesome healthy meals. T’ara holds an MS in Nutrition Education from American University.