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Diabetes and Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. We know people in Michigan have chronic conditions, such as prediabetes, diabetes, and Chronic Kidney Disease, and it can make it harder to manage when you are facing other hardships. In Michigan, we offer a number of programs to help you and your family with assistance.

Finding Your Way: A Roadmap to Social Systems and Resources

social determinants of health


  • If you are struggling to pay for insulin and diabetes medication, ADA can help:
  • If you currently use a specific brand of insulin or medication, you can contact the manufacturers website to ask about resources to help with costs.
  • If you find that a medication is not covered under your insurance plan, talk to your doctor about other medication brands.

Housing, Food and Shelter

  • Connect to help to financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and temporary shelters:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Assistance Programs

  • MI Bridges can help you to access more than 30,000 state and local services across the state:  Assistance Programs

Mental Health Crisis

  • If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, chat with them online via their website, or text HOME to 741741 (multiple languages available). If this is an emergency, call 911.