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The Arts and Medicine
March 20, 2018

Messengers of Truth and Health—Young Artists of Color Raise Their Voices to Prevent Diabetes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine and Center for Vulnerable Populations, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Youth Speaks, San Francisco, California
JAMA. 2018;319(11):1076-1078. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0986

Type 2 diabetes now affects US children at alarming rates.1,2 Over the last decade, rates have tripled in American Indian, doubled in African American, and increased 25% to 50% in Asian, Pacific Islander, and Hispanic youth.3 A novel arts and public health campaign is now helping young people of color transform themselves from being targets of metabolic risk to active agents of change, by shifting the conversation about diabetes toward “the bigger picture”: its social and environmental drivers.

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