“Diabetes is a health challenge of monumental proportions in the U.S. The gravity of this disease is especially apparent in the Latino/a community, where a number of structural and cultural barriers make diabetes prevention and management especially challenging. Ms Amparo Gonzalez, Director of the Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program (ELDEP) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, has dedicated her life and career to empowering and advocating for Latinos with diabetes.
Ms Amparo Gonzalez is currently affiliated with Emory University School of Medicine as the Director of the Latino Diabetes Education Programme. Since December 2005, she has planned, designed and implemented a culturally-relevant, groundbreaking diabetes programme for Latinos living with diabetes. Through strategic partnerships with multiple clinics in the Atlanta area, her programme has been administered to over 1,200 Latinos with diabetes. The overarching goal of the programme is to provide Latinos with up-to-date, high-quality diabetes care by eliminating barriers to understanding and providing empowerment-based information and instruction in their native language.
Recently, Amparo began mentoring a research project on diabetes self-management that I will be working on in Guatemala this summer through Emory’s Global Health Institute. She did not think twice when my student research team asked for her advice and guidance on the project. Her dedication to helping mold the next generation of young people passionate about ending diabetes is incredible. It is with great humility that I submit this nomination for her recognition as a World Diabetes Day Hero.”
Alyse López-Salm, MPH Spring, ’13: Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University