2016 - 2017 Project: Effects of Diabetes within the Latino Community 

2016-2017 Semillas Topic:

With a single health issue being researched and highlighted by the students each year in The Semillas Project, the inaugural cohort chose to explore and display the effects of Types 1 and 2 Diabetes on the Latino community in their research and Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos. According to the  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s 2014 Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), the rate of Latinos with Diabetes in the United States was 16.9% when compared to a prevalence rate of 10.2% for the non-Hispanic white community. With the estimation that 1 in 3 U.S.-residing adults will be diagnosed with Diabetes by the year 2050, our students and schools felt compelled to highlight such a widespread, growing health issue to educate and empower their community members. Additionally, with a significant amount of contemporary national and regional policy efforts looking to curb growing Diabetes and obesity rates, such an issue demands the attention and advocate voices of our young Latino community.

With the estimation that one in three U.S.-residing adults will be diagnosed with Diabetes by the year 2050, our students and schools felt compelled to highlight such a widespread, growing health issue to educate and empower their community members. Additionally, with a significant amount of contemporary national and regional policy efforts looking to curb growing Diabetes and obesity rates, such an issue demands the attention and advocate voices of our young Latino community. 

Here is a sneak peak of the Semillas Project Students work:

The Semillas students wrote and helped produced a short film called "Mis Manos".  Mis Manos looks into the struggle between a father and son who are both living with Diabetes.