Diabetes Advocate: Guadalupe Pacheco, MSW
Guadalupe Pacheco, MSW
“Being a Diabetes Advocate was a natural fit, at a personal level and at a professional level,” Guadalupe Pacheco, 64, says. “I have relatives who I have lost due to diabetes complications or who currently have type 1 or type 2 diabetes,” he says. On the professional side, he’s been an advocate for underserved communities during his professional career, which included service in the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Now he’s president and chief executive officer of Pacheco Consulting Group LLC.
Pacheco serves on the ADA’s national Latino Diabetes Action Council, which helps the Association better serve the needs of Latinos with diabetes from a program, research, and policy perspective. At the local level, Pacheco serves on the National Capital Area Community Volunteer Leadership Board.
Pacheco also serves on the Association’s national Advocacy Committee. His role in this policy-making body gives him a national perspective on the ADA’s efforts on behalf of all people with and at risk for diabetes.
Motivation: “Diabetes affects a number of my relatives, so my goal is to push for the cure of diabetes and to push for more effective treatment interventions. The ADA provides me with the forum to reach my goals in fighting the battle against diabetes.”
Encouraging Words: “If you have diabetes or relatives and friends who have diabetes, you have all the qualifications needed to become a Diabetes Advocate. You have the personal power to make a difference. Go for it—and yes, you can!”