The Community Health Initiative (CHI) aims to promote education and prevention within at-risk communities to help families, from teenagers to elders, get engaged in their health, reduce their diabetes risk, and protect the health of future generations. CHI addresses the educational, lifestyle, and cultural factors that plague communities with obesity and diabetes. Programs focused on engaging families about nutrition, physical activity, and preventive services can go a long way in reducing the impact of diabetes on all ages, and improving the health of the entire community.


  • Organizes community events to raise awareness about diabetes and promote prevention of the disease.
  • Provides education to families on the importance of proper nutrition and physical exercise in preventing diabetes.
  • Supports community-led lifestyle intervention programs aimed at reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes onset.
  • Organizes diabetes care workshops for the local patient population and/or local healthcare providers.
  • Support community organizations seeking to address childhood obesity and reduce the incidence of early-onset diabetes.

CHI Programs

New York State
  • New York City: Chinatown and Bronx
  • The Seneca Nation of Indians
  • Haifa
  • Jerusalem
Latin America & Caribbean
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico

Below are photos taken on August 20, 2016 at a PSDCF outreach in Dajabon, a rural town near the Dominican Republic border with Haiti.
We provided free retinal screening to prevent diabetes-related blindness.