234743 Communication Breakdown: A Critical Assessment of Type 2 Diabetes Education Efforts Directed Towards African-American Students at a Midwestern University

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Vernon Johnson , Health Education, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
There is a growing consensus among those within the health care community that more preventive measures should be taken to combat Type 2 Diabetes among African-Americans. In the case of Type 2 Diabetes, the illness is preventable if proper precautions are taken. Most health officials agree that lifestyle factors, such as diet and physical activity, contribute to Type 2 Diabetes. Even though prevention options are readily available, African Americans are reactionary in their method of retrieving information about Type 2 Diabetes, often waiting until their condition becomes unmanageable. Many attribute this mistrust of health care providers to the historical mistreatment of African Americans. Consequently, it is vital for African-Americans to receive Type 2 Diabetes preventive education through various venues, including university and college wellness centers. This project examined several strategies used by the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Wellness Center and offers recommendations on how to enhance health education programs that target African-American students.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Communication and informatics
Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Provision of health care to the public
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
1.Discuss 2.Assess 3.Analyze 4.Evaluate

Keywords: Access to Health Care, Diabetes

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have independently and truthfully committed my research at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
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.