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Together, focusing on healthy communities

What is SADPP?

The South Asian Diabetes Prevention Program (SADPP) is an innovative project developed by Flemingdon Health Centre (FHC) in collaboration with Social Services Network and is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Ontario Diabetes Strategy Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC-LHIN).

  • started in January 2009
  • developed by Flemingdon Health Centre
  • Social Services Network — involved in the pilot phase partnership around outreach
  • focuses on the South Asian communities within the North East region of Toronto

What this program addresses

The literature on diabetes in the South Asian population clearly identifies the high-risk status of this group, which is primarily attributable to genetics, lifestyle risk factors, and the stress related to migration.

South Asians are 4-6 times more likely to develop diabetes than the general population: incidence rate of diabetes is 14% among South Asians versus 5.2% in the general population. In addition, South Asian communities often experience challenges accessing healthcare services due to language and cultural barriers.

Thus, the overall goal of the South Asian Diabetes Prevention Program is to enhance equitable access to diabetes prevention and management services as well as provide culturally-relevant and language-specific educational resources for South Asian communities within the North East region of Toronto.