What are the challenges when risk for poor health begins in the adolescent period?

Communication about health and risk to adolescents and young adults is challenging because they are generally in good health during this time period and think they are “invincible”. Venues for health promotion and disease prevention are different. It is usually not the doctor’s office. In addition, lower rates of health insurance and provision of prevention services impact youth making it challenging to manage the early on-set of chronic diseases....


About Charm

The Center for Health And Risk in Minority youth and adults (CHARM) is an NIH/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) funded comprehensive center of excellence for addressing disparities and chronic disease prevention in minority youth and young adults.



Jose Vadi, a poet and coordinator with the Bigger Picture, wrote a new article "Not Your Grandfather's Disease: Youth Change the Conversation on Type 2 Diabetes" for the online publication, Civil Eats, bringing to light the food justice issues related to type 2 diabetes.

From the article:

Most young people consider diabetes a “grandfather’s disease,” inherited at birth. They don’t always know that there are two very different forms of the disease, and that type 2 diabetes is preventable. This lack of awareness has staggering implications—between 2000 and 2008, rates of diabetes and prediabetes among Americans ages 12 to 19 shot from 9 percent to 23 percent.

CHARM is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Grant number P60MD006902