Brooklyn Drive Down Diabetes (B3D)

B3D addresses the widespread prevalence of diabetes and pre-diabetes in low-income communities of color in Brooklyn, NY, including, but not limited to, Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Flatbush, and East Flatbush. These neighborhoods have large African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Latino/a populations, with disproportionately high rates of diabetes-related morbidity and mortality. Brooklyn 3D has four goals: 1) to prevent the development of diabetes in low-income communities of color; 2) to raise awareness of diabetes prevalence and promote healthy behaviors in Central Brooklyn: 3) to improve quality of life and reduce the cost of diabetes treatment; and 4) to mitigate misinformation regarding diabetes. To meet these goals, we use a multi-faceted public health program consisting of the following individual, group, and community-level interventions that have been proven effective in diabetes management and prevention: diabetes self-management education in the home; container gardening workshops that reinforce the principles of healthy eating, food accessibility, exercise, and stress reduction; and a social marketing campaign to raise community awareness about diabetes risks, as well as the social and environmental factors underlying the disease.

This program is funded by a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and a matching grant from New York Presbyterian.


1259 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

(718) 675-3372