Racial ethnic disparities in youth with type 1 diabetes participating in diabetes summer camps

Jessica M. Valenzuela, Sam E. Records, Kelly A. Mueller, Megan T. Martin, Risa M. Wolf

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OBJECTIVE Diabetes camps are beneficial for campers and include benefits such as increases in diabetes knowledge, glycemic control, and psychological functioning. Racial/ethnic minority youth are likely to have poorer disease management and glycemic control. We hypothesized that minority youth with type 1 diabetes have reduced participation in diabetes summer camps. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We analyzed deidentified data from 5,256 campers with type 1 diabetes who participated in a network of 48 American Diabetes Association–affiliated summer camps in 2018, and we compared participation rates by racial/ethnic category to the most recent SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study prevalence rates. RESULTS Camper demographics were significantly different than in the general population of children with type 1 diabetes (P < 0.001). Minority youth were more likely to attend day camp, be first-time campers, and request financial aid, and they were less likely to be on insulin pump therapy or use continuous glucose monitors. CONCLUSIONS Racial/ethnic minority youth with diabetes are underrepresented in diabetes camps nationwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)903-905
Number of pages3
JournalDiabetes care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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