Diabetes Awareness Month


November 9th, 2022

KCK Nonprofits Team Up for Diabetes Awareness Month Event


Kansas City, KS – Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. and that number is probably underreported. According to the 2022 Kansas Diabetes Report, black non-Hispanics are twice as likely to have diabetes than white non-Hispanics. The report also found that pre-diabates is a significant health concern in the Hispanic community. Hispanic people are about twice as likely to be pre-diabetic compared to white non-Hispanic. Diabetes rates are also significantly higher for people with an income below $50,000 a year. 

Both Pharmacy of Grace and Mercy and Truth Medical Missions are located near 31st and Minnesota Ave in Kansas City, KS, an area with a significant African-American and Hispanic population. The organizations are teaming up to raise awareness about diabetes, prediabetes, and diabetes prevention to help their patients achieve better health outcomes.

The Diabetes Awareness Event will take place November 15th at 721 N 31 St Kansas City, KS 66102 from 9 am until 12 pm. The event is a collaboration between many community groups with a heart for Wyandotte County health and well-being.

The event corresponds with our normal Food Mobile distribution thanks to the Church of the Resurrection food ministry program Hunger Stoppers. Their mobile food pantry always offers a healthy selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Well-balanced, healthy meals are a first defense against diabetes and prediabetes. The food mobile is parked out in the parking lot, and other community services will be offered inside our building. 

Mercy & Truth Medical Missions will be offering free A1C diabetes tests and blood pressure screenings on site. Wyandotte Angels will be passing out cold weather items like blankets and coats. The Wyandotte County Public Health Department will be providing information about diabetes and prevention. Heart to Heart International will be there as well with Covid and Flu vaccines, and Pharmacy of Grace staff will be giving flu shots as well as talking to patients about how to sign up for PoG discounted prescription prices. 

Pharmacy of Grace is a new charitable pharmacy focused on helping people afford their medication on an on-going basis, not just as a stop-gap measure. 

New reports have found that the price of medication is rising faster than inflation and as those costs skyrocket, another report found that 1 in 5 Americans with diabetes are rationing their medications. Pharmacy of Grace has private and nonprofit partnerships that can help people access prescription medications at a deep discount and can help patients afford their diabetes medications and live healthier lives. 



Pharmacy of Grace Backgrounder: 

Pharmacy of Grace is a new 501c(3) nonprofit in Wyandotte County, Kansas, the county with the highest percentage of people living in poverty in the greater Kansas City Metro. The pharmacy’s location near I-635 and Minnesota is an area of tremendous social and healthcare need with 30-40% of residents uninsured. 

Pharmacy of Grace is the only free-standing charitable pharmacy in Kansas, and is focused on helping uninsured or underinsured patients manage their diseases through access and education. This is why it also offers one-on-one counseling to make sure patients fully understand how to take their medications and why they must be taken correctly. Pharmacy of Grace has spanish-speaking staff and a translation service covering 300 different languages. Pharmacy of Grace believes increasing access to life-saving medications can break the cycle of homelessness, poverty, school absentee days, and unemployment caused by unmanaged medical conditions. 


Mercy & Truth Medical Missions, KCK Backgrounder: 

Mercy and Truth Medical Missions is a 501c3 founded 26 years ago to assist the uninsured and underinsured receive high quality medical care regardless of their ability to pay. With clinics located in the richest county in Kansas (Johnson) and one of the poorest in Kansas (Wyandotte), the clinics will see nearly 10,000 patients in 2022.



Tess Koppelman 

Tess K Communications