246755 Implementing a Diabetes Prevention and Management Program Utilizing Community Health Worker Model

Monday, October 31, 2011

K'Dawn Jackson, BS , Hidalgo Medical Services, Lordsburg, NM
It is estimated that 9–12% of New Mexicans have diagnosable diabetes and thousands more may be at risk. The cost of medical treatment and lost work productivity for New Mexicans with diabetes is an estimated $1.1 billion per year.

To reduce rate of diabetes among Hispanics in NM, Hidalgo Medical Services, a non-profit Community Health Center, created a diabetes prevention and management program titled “La Vida”. The vision of La Vida has been to see “generations of people free of the impact of diabetes through innovation and ownership of family health.”

The La Vida model has been effectively implemented in rural Southwest New Mexico utilizing community health workers (CHWs). CHWs provide one on one diabetes education, grocery store tours, label reading classes, nutrition education and comprehensive social support services to participants and their families.

Besides offering education to participants on an individual basis, La Vida has been effective in developing a community wide awareness about diabetes. This has been accomplished by conducting outreaches at health fairs, schools, senior centers, and at various community groups and organizations. La Vida has also developed a peer lead exercise program, restaurant initiative focusing on highlighting healthy menu options and has hosted an annual family fun day raising awareness about diabetes and other promoting physical activity for families.

La Vida was selected as a “best-practice model” by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care in 2005 and is now disseminating the program model to areas serving similar populations.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1.Explain how to implement a diabetes prevention and management program in rural and/or a minority based community utilizing the community health worker model. 2. Describe challenges in utilizing community health worker model to address diabetes.

Keywords: Diabetes, Minority Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author because I manage a diabetes prevention and management program and implement community outreach efforts.
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.