This 2006 report assessing the impact of diabetes in the West Town-Humboldt Park areas– two contiguous areas containing about 26,000 Puerto Ricans, or 23% of Chicago’s total Puerto Rican population– was produced by three medical researchers from Chicago’s Sinai Urban Health Institute. Data for this report was collected from a comprehensive health survey conducted in randomly selected households in community areas; the report focuses on the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes and calculating the diabetes mortality rate. Among many significant conclusions, the report finds that the diabetes prevalence in this community “is the highest ever reported for Puerto Ricans and one of the highest ever reported in the United States for a non-Native American population” (page 521).
This report appeared in the Journal of Community Health, Vol. 31, No.6, December 2006.