CHANGE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT DIABETES

The Bigger Picture (a partnership with UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital) inspires young people to change the conversation about Type 2 diabetes by exposing the environmental and social conditions that lead to its spread.

THE PROBLEM

Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset diabetes, is now affecting youth at alarming rates.

Almost 50% of African-American and Latinx youth will get diabetes in their lifetime unless we do something about it.
One in three children born in the year 2000 will get diabetes unless we do something about it.

Support The Bigger Picture

BOOK A BIGGER PICTURE POET

Bring the Bigger PIcture to your school or event by booking a poet to speak, perform and/or facilitate a workshop. Email us at
bookings@youthspeaks.org

Messengers of Truth, Messengers of Health: Young Artists of Color Speak Out To Prevent Diabetes

Using Art to Tackle Obesity and Diabetes in Youth

The Bigger Picture campaign uses spoken-word poems and music videos to highlight how Type 2 diabetes impacts communities.

IMPACT
10,000+ public high school students have learned about Type 2 diabetes and how to take action
25+ powerful films created
3 county health departments have adopted the program
20 public high schools received The Bigger Picture assemblies
Recognition from major media outlets
1+ million video views
Campaign Partners in Richmond, LA, Pomona, Sacramento, San Jose, San Fernando and Stockton

The Bigger Picture shifts perception around Type 2 diabetes, particularly focusing on changing the environmental drivers of disease, such as access to affordable, healthy food and drinks.

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS AND AWARDS

The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, Institute of Medicine, Soda Summit, In Defense of Food film, James Beard, HARC, Food Farm Film Festival, Real Food Media Contest, APHA Spirit of 1848 Social Justice Video, UCSF Excellence in Community Partnerships, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (Young Champions for Latino Health), & Sacramento Film Festival