Multi-Ethnic Populations Driver for Specialized Healthcare Treatment Plans

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:49 am EST

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.
"The summits proved to be invaluable to health care professionals who provide diabetes care to diverse, multi-ethnic populations within their communities"

(JACKSONVILLE, Florida) – While more apparent patient characteristics such as age, gender, height and weight play a significant role in developing a health treatment plan for patients with diabetes, one often-overlooked attribute has increasingly been shown to be equally, or more worthy, of attention: Cultural Distinction.

 That was the objective of a series of three, successful one-day symposiums, “Diabetes Care Across America – A Series of Transcultural Summits” conducted by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) in December.

Sponsored by Sanofi US, the conferences were held in cities with high concentrations of multi-ethnic populations – New York City, Houston and Miami, and focused on addressing diversity in healthcare delivery, including religious beliefs and cultural norms, when caring for patients with diabetes. A White Paper summary is forthcoming and will include an analysis to improve healthcare practices. 

“The summits proved to be invaluable to health care professionals who provide diabetes care to diverse, multi-ethnic populations within their communities,” said Jeffrey I. Mechanick, MD, FACP, FACN, FACE, ECNU, a Past President of the AACE and Chair of AACE’s Center for Transcultural Endocrinology (ACTE). “It is vitally important for the successful competence of any medical treatment plan to take into account the social and cultural norms of these multi-ethnic populations in order to provide individualized care particularly to people with diabetes.” 

“This is one more example of AACE on the frontlines, working to improve and expand patient care to the nation’s increasingly diverse populations,” said AACE President Jonathan D. Leffert, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU.

In 2015, AACE took the lead and hosted its first-ever Pan American Scientific Symposium: Clinical Endocrinology in Latin America in San Jose, Costa Rica. The three-day educational conference brought together endocrinologists from throughout South and Central America who convened to develop medical practices that will work best within their particular culture. One outcome of that meeting was the creation of ACTE. 

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About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 

AACE represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. The majority of AACE members are certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at www.aace.com, or follow us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/TheAACE/, https://twitter.com/TheAACE.