Sixty to seventy million Americans suffer from digestive diseases, and 22 million Americans are living with diagnosed diabetes. These disorders can have a detrimental effect on individuals if left untreated or treated improperly. Research advances in diabetes and other diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease; nutritional disorders and obesity; and kidney diseases must be disseminated effectively to health care providers, patients, and the general public to improve the health of Americans with these conditions.
AIR works with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to translate research into evidence-based messages and disseminate information. Support for NIDDK includes developing a framework for assessing campaign-focused programs and related content; creating a social media plan to integrate platforms and guide content management; and developing an outreach and dissemination plan for the Riñones, Tesoros. Cuídalos (Kidneys, Treasures. Take Care of Them) Education Program for Community Health Workers. This program is designed to help community health workers (or promotores de salud) educate Hispanics living with diabetes about kidney disease and kidney failure. The plan includes leveraging key partner organizations to help disseminate materials through their social media, websites, and newsletter.
AIR also supports three national information clearinghouses: National Diabetes Education Program, Kidney Disease Education Program, and the Weight Control Information Network.