Dr. Samuel Arce, vice chairman of the National Hispanic Medical Association, is staying on the board of the American Diabetes Association for 2014.
Dr. Arce is the medical director for two medical centers in New York and his service with the Hispanic community includes working as president of the Spanish American Medical and Dental Society of New York.
Hispanics have a higher rate of diabetes than another other ethnic group. According to the Office of Minority Health, Hispanic adults are 1.7 times more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician and in 2008, Hispanics were 1.5 times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to die from diabetes.
In addition to Dr. Arce remaining on the board, the country's leading health organization against diabetes announced its newest officers and board of directors.
Dwight Holing, president of DHA Communications, takes over as the new chairman of the ADA. Mr. Holing had previously served as the Association's secretary/treasurer where he participated in national committees and task forces. He was included in the Association's Pinnacle and Summit Circle, whose membership is based on significant contributions given to the ADA.
Of the five positions on the board of directors, only Larry Hausner, chief executive officer of the ADA, retains his position from last year.
The ADA runs the Stop Diabetes campaign, the association's attempt to reduce the impact of diabetes on families in the country. The organization leads the country in preventing, curing and managing diabetes by delivering services and providing information to communities.
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