142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Together on Diabetes effort to empower African American women to control their diabetes

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Jerry A. Schultz, PhD , KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Jomella Watson-Thompson, PhD , Department of Applied Behavioral Science/ KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Stephen Fawcett, PhD , KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Patricia Doykos, PhD , Together on Diabetes, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, New York, NY
The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes national initiative engaged community partners working to empower African American Women to take control of their diabetes. Cross-cutting strategies included diabetes self-management education, support, community mobilization and advocacy, and access/linkage to care through community health workers. Five organizations and projects with experience and history of successfully improving outcomes for African American Women implemented these components in ways that fit their contexts. The Black Women's Health Imperative, working with clinical and faith-based partners, implemented a culturally-appropriate “Health Wise-Women” empowerment program for African American women in the District of Columbia. Whitter Street Health Center connected with African-American women living in public housing in Roxbury, MA through resident “ambassadors”. United Neighborhood Health Services implemented a comprehensive diabetes self-management program through home visits in Nashville, Tennessee. East Carolina University implemented a behaviorally centered "small changes" approach in eastern North Carolina. Universtiy of Virginia implemented a Call to Health model among rural and underserved women. In this session, selected project partners and evaluators will discuss implementation, results, and lessons learned in efforts to reduce disparities related to diabetes among African American women. A review of the cross-site evaluation will provide lessons learned across the five projects. Preliminary results show improvements in average A1c levels and reduction in the proportion of high risk participants.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify strategies that are used to reach and effectively engage African American Women in diabetes self-management and lessons learned. Describe the approaches used by community health workers in reaching African American Women Describe the types of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support community health workers provided to African American Women Identify successful approaches used to support diabetes self-management among African American Women in the community.

Keyword(s): Diabetes, Self-Management

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am interested in building the capacity of communities to solve local problems, understand community and systems change, evaluate community health and development initiatives. I have been PI on many research and implementation grants related to community health and development. I have authored numerous articles on evaluation, empowerment, and community development. I have consulted with several foundations, community coalitions, and state agencies.
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.