Billionaire Ray Dalio gives $50 million to fight racial and ethnic disparities in US health care system

Billionaire hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio is funding a new center dedicated to health equity and justice at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital through his philanthropy. 

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The Dalio Center for Health Justice, a research and advocacy organization, was launched on Tuesday as the result of a $50 million grant from Dalio Philanthropies with the goal of reducing health disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color. 

“Our goal is to contribute to equal healthcare and equal education because we believe that these are the most fundamental building blocks of equal opportunity and a just society,” Dalio, founder of Dalio Philanthropies and New York-Presbyterian Trustee, said in a statement

“We know that these don’t adequately exist, and we are excited to have a great partner in NewYork-Presbyterian,

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Ethnic Minorities Affected Most in Rise of Early Onset T2 Diabetes

Adult early onset type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects South Asian and African-Caribbean individuals, who have an earlier age of onset and, in the case of South Asian people, an accelerated development of the disease compared with White people, indicates a UK primary care data analysis.

The research was presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Virtual Meeting 2020 on September 24, which was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BMI ‘Dose Effect’

A team from Imperial College London examined data on more than 1.4 million primary care patients, finding that, compared with White people, the prevalence of early onset type 2 diabetes (defined as at age 18-44) was more than twice as high in African-Caribbean individuals, and over three times higher in South Asian people.

The results also showed that there was a “dose effect” of body mass index (BMI), with younger onset associated with

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