226673 Diabetes Education Program for Latinos

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Tara Trudnak, MPH, CPH , Community and Family Health, Univeristy of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Jaime Corvin, PhD , Global Health, Univeristy of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Wayne Westhoff, PhD , Global Health, Univeristy of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Irmarie Virella, MPH , Fundacion Familia Sana, Tampa, FL
Latinos comprise 20% of Florida's 18 million residents and over 22% of the population of Hillsborough County. As Latino immigrants become assimilated, their lifestyles, food choices and health related behaviors change, resulting in increased incidence of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In Hillsborough County, Fundación Familia Sana established a diabetes health education program which provides culturally appropriate education classes in Spanish on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention to Latino participants in a group setting. The program was family-based, with classes held in participant's homes, community centers or churches. Participants in this program attended four 2-3-hour diabetes education classes over a four week period focused on prevention, coping with and managing diabetes and treatment of the disease. Participants were administered pre- and post-tests assessing overall knowledge of diabetes prior to and upon completion of the program. A total of 153Latinos over age 18, enrolled in the study. One hundred eighteen (77%) participants graduated from the program, noted by attendance in all four classes and completion of both a pretest and posttest. The mean total score for the pretest was 62.03% and the mean total score for the posttest was 94.7%. A paired sampled t-test revealed an overall statistically significant difference in the pretest final scores and the posttest final scores, t(117)= 22.540, 95% CI, 29.83.-35.57. Findings indicate that participants increased their overall knowledge of diabetes. In addition, the family-based, predominantly in-home, intervention model was widely accepted by participants and minimized recruitment and retention barriers commonly experienced by multisession interventions.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
List stragegies to educate Latinos in Hillsborough County on prevention of and management of diabetes Assess the knowledge retained from participants from throughout the program Identify useful tools and methods in recruitment and retention of participants

Keywords: Diabetes, Latino Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am educated in public health and have conducted the research on this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.