Just about 5 years ago, I was asked by a dear friend Helene Velazquez to take part in a Latino Initiatives Committee (Por Tu Familia) for the American Diabetes Association. The project I was invited to help organize is “The Feria De Salud” which takes place in the Bronx every year and helps raise awareness for thousands of local Latinos every year.
At that time, I was appointed “Social Media Chair” and was responsible for getting information about this project out to the community via social websites like Facebook and Twitter. We started a Facebook page called Por Tu Familia to engage Latinos on topics of diabetes awareness and to help people locate local resources to address issues for those living with or those that love someone who is affected by this deadly plague.
As a result, the Por Tu Familia committe of volunteers cultivated a great network of over 500 people that not only spread the word but came out in droves to support our initiatives.
Because of YOU… the American Diabetes Association saw the value in our community and has dedicated resources to support a full fledged page that will continue the dialogue that we started.
THIS IS A MAJOR WIN FOR US!
Please join the new page and help us keep this fight going in the places where it is most needed.
FYI… here is the announcement I made earlier today…
Mi gente… a few weeks back, I had a conversation with the fine folks at the ADA and they have committed to really growing a community here on Facebook. As a result, this group will have to be transitioned to a main page that is managed by the American Diabetes Association and it’s staff. The big win here is that you get a page with 100% of all the resources that they have to offer on your favorite platform.
I will remain in my capacity of running the social media committee for PorTuFamilia and will be a part of this new initiative.
We have done so much great work over the last 5 years… please join the new page and let’s continue our work to #StopDiabetes.
As I am,
The Urban Jibaro
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the ADA has worked to prevent and cure diabetes; provide information to people with the disease, health professionals and the general public; and, lead advocacy efforts on behalf of people affected by diabetes. The Association supports people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, children, adults and parents, families, friends and employers of those affected by the disease.
* We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.
* We deliver services to hundreds of communities.
* We provide objective and credible information.
* We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.