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REACH 2010 Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition community health information assessment and action plan for online diabetes education

Barbara A. Carlson, MLIS, Beverly Highland, CHA, Florene Linnen, CHA, Gayenell Magwood, RN, MSN, PhD(Cand), and Carolyn M. Jenkins, MSN, DrPH. REACH 2010, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Box 250160, 99 Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston, SC 29425, 843-792-5874, carlsonb@musc.edu

The Internet is a health information tool used widely by health care providers and patients, but little is known about its use among minority populations with disproportionate rates of diabetes and related complications. This poster will present the REACH 2010 Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition partnership with African American community organizations in two SC counties to learn more about health information-seeking behaviors, health related Internet and library use, and educational preferences for building information technology skills and capacities to better diabetes education.

Using a community based participatory action research model, a 10-member Planning Committee aims to increase knowledge and understanding of Internet and public library resources in terms of access, barriers, use, and impact on health in local communities. Members represent the faith community, public libraries, grass-root diabetes advocacy groups, community centers, public education, IT and diabetes supply companies, and diabetes peer-education programs.

The Committee developed a 25-question survey instrument to do a community information needs assessment and community health information profile. The resulting issues selection, assets identification, and planned actions form the basis for the next steps in linking people with reliable and culturally appropriate diabetes information.

This poster will present survey results, lessons learned, and actions taken in this participatory process to enhance diabetes education through health information technology and innovation.

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Keywords: Internet, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: REACH 2010 employee

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The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA