access; African Americans; diabetes self-management


Endocrine System Diseases | Family Practice Nursing | Higher Education | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Public Health | Public Health and Community Nursing


Diabetes is a national public health problem. Low socioeconomic status influence access to quality care for African Americans with Diabetes who must rely on government assisted insurance or are uninsured. Inadequate access and poor quality care for African Americans contributes to increased morbidity and negative health outcomes. This manuscript will examine the existence of diabetes disparities in African Americans pertaining to the role of low socioeconomic status, access, and poor quality care, and suggest some practical strategies for reducing diabetes disparities in this population.