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Diabetes Mellitus within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Community; A Need for Multidisciplinary Treatment Teams

Diabetes Mellitus within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Community; A Need for Multidisciplinary Treatment Teams

Diabetes Mellitus within the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Community; A Need for Multidisciplinary Treatment Teams

Jun 10, 2021 - 20:00 (EDT)
60 minutes

Join Dr. Tara Andrea Providence (ABIM Board Certified Endocrinologist and Internist) and Jhanelle Peters (Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying), as they discuss and review both the physical and psychological impacts of Diabetes Mellitus, as well as the health implications, social and economic impacts faced by people living with this diagnosis.

They will be discussing various supports that can be given by healthcare professionals, families and friends to foster improved health outcomes and overcome potential barriers for those living with Diabetes, with a special focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities. 


“Did you know, Diabetes has been identified as one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century! In 2015, the International Diabetes Federation estimated that 415 million adults currently had Diabetes and 318 million adults had impaired glucoses tolerance/pre-Diabetes!"

 Shocking numbers, right!

Diabetes Mellitus is a common yet complex health condition to navigate. While there is research-based medical advice that is effective in helping patients live with Diabetes Mellitus, there are added elements that should be considered by all healthcare professionals, families and patients when navigating this condition for BIPOC individuals. 

What do we mean? Well, think about an individual who is 45 years old, born and raised in South Asia, recently diagnosed with Diabetes. This news comes with more than just changes to one’s diet; it comes with the following: 

  • Changes to their entire lifestyles as they incorporate new foods and modify their meals
  • Adjustments by adding more or engaging in specific physical activities to regulate their health
  • Emotional and mental challenges as they navigate newly placed restrictions on their current lifestyle 
  • Financial adjustments from adding different foods, acquiring medication etc. 

This individual has been living the only version of life they know, and with this diagnosis, their routine now has to change. This change might not allow them to engage in the cultural norms as freely. For this reason, it requires consideration, understanding and tailored care by health professionals, families and friends. By taking the time to understand how this condition impacts the BIPOC community, is how we help those living with Diabetes Mellitus navigate it. 


By the end of this seminar, you will have broader knowledge about,

  1. The pathophysiology of Diabetes Mellitus and the potential complications if left uncontrolled.
  2. The impacts on the day-to-day life of a patient with a diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus.
  3. The epidemiology of Diabetes Mellitus and the patient populations most affected.
  4. Specific barriers the BIPOC population faces with this condition
  5. The psychological impact and mental health stressors related to Diabetes Mellitus for BIPOC individuals.


This seminar is for health professionals, families, friends, and individuals who want to learn more about how Diabetes Mellitus affects the BIPOC community, alongside the support and consideration that one can implement to help navigate this health condition. 

Register below. Join Dr. Tara Andrea Providence and Jhanelle Peters for this engaging discussion!

The instructors
Jhanelle Peters
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, Mental Health Clinician for the Toronto Raptors

Jhanelle is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), the Mental Health Clinician for the Toronto Raptors and a professional member of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapist (OSRP). Jhanelle also supports various grass-root community organizations as a Mental Health Professional and individual clients through her Toronto based private practice Jhanelle Peters Psychotherapy.

While born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Jhanelle has spent several years in the United States utilizing her eclectic and interactive approach to support individuals from diverse populations and socioeconomic backgrounds. Jhanelle is committed to helping individuals uncover negative patterns and behaviours that make life challenging to navigate.

With a Master’s Certificate in Adult Education from York University and over five years of experience in Learning and Organizational Development, Jhanelle offers program development, speaking engagements and consulting to multiple corporations surrounding mental health and organizational work-life balance.

Learn more about Jhanelle Peters Psychotherapy at

Dr. Tara Andrea Providence
MD, ABIM Certified Internal Medicine Specialist, ABIM Certified Endocrinologist

Dr. Tara Andrea Providence is an American board-certified Internal Medicine Specialist as well as a board certified Endocrinologist. She is a published co-author in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. She was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and has recently relocated back to Toronto after completing her subspecialty training in the United States last year.

Dr. Providence is now a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and has started her practice at the Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology. Her areas of passion within the field of Endocrinology include Diabetes Mellitus, Thyroid disease, Womens Health, and Adrenal disorders.

Tara is a Physician at The Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology: www-i-endocrinology. com

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