To Fight Bad Suga’, Or Diabetes, My Neighborhood Needs More Health Educators

Healthaffairs.org: January 1, 2013

Bad suga’ is devastating my neighborhood of North Lawndale, one of Chicago’s poorest communities. Diabetes is commonly called “bad suga’” in many African American communities like the one where I grew up and live today. “Bad suga’”: because when your blood sugar levels are out of control, it makes you feel bad, and over time, bad things start happening to your body.

No matter what you call it, the disease is pervasive and destructive, and many people in my community are in its grip. At the same time, some in the community are working to ease the burden that bad suga’ has heaped on an already suffering population. Read more