The Prince Hall Shriners (PHS) is one of the world’s largest black fraternal organizations, with more than 25,000 members in the U.S.
Over the last 10 years, the Prince Hall Shriners organization has partnered with the American Diabetes Association as part of their National Diabetes Initiative to support diabetes research and educational outreach, including:
- Donating funds each year for diabetes research and education resources,
- Sponsoring several productions of “Mama’s Girls,” a play that teaches audiences about how diabetes disproportionally affects African Americans and reveals how this diagnosis can transform families,
- Serving as national Alert Day supporter, helping to increase awareness about the prevalence of diabetes and encouraging people to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. PHS also supports additional educational outreach efforts, particularly in the Diabetes Belt (states in the Southeastern United States with the highest prevalence of diabetes).
Our CEO, Tracey Brown, recently traveled to New Orleans, LA to attend the Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Walk, where she received a check on behalf of the ADA for $75,000. This moment was especially monumental because the PHS National Diabetes Initiative officially achieved their goal of raising more than $1 million for the ADA toward the fight against diabetes. On hand to present the check to Tracey were Imperial Potentate, Carl Parker, and Dr. Otis Kirksey, head of the Prince Hall Shriners’ National Diabetes Initiative. Afterwards, Tracey joined the Prince Hall Shriners in their walk before enjoying some music by the Hot 8 Brass Band.
In the coming weeks, the ADA and PHS will connect to share ideas and establish new goals for the next phase of partnership in the fight against diabetes.
To learn more about the Prince Hall Shriners, visit aeaonms.org.