142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Partnership between Academia and Community to Improve Diabetes Outcomes Among Latino Immigrants in Lake County, IL

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amparo Castillo, MD , Community Health Sciences - School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago - Midwest Latino Health Research Training and Policy Center and Institute for Health Research and Policy, Chicago, IL
Laura Ramirez , Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Round Lake Park, IL
Diana Gutierrez , Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Round Lake Park, IL
Diabetes disproportionately affects Latinos in the US. Self-management is essential in diabetes treatment but Latinos show high levels of non-adherence to self-care practices, leading to poor glycemic control with negative outcomes.  Factors affecting self-care include low income and education, lack of access to care, cultural and linguistic barriers. Community health workers (CHWs) are instrumental in the self-management education of patients with diabetes, and serve as liaisons with the health care system and other professionals in delivery of care.  Mano a Mano Family Resource Center (MaM) is a community-based organization dedicated to serving and empowering Latino immigrant and underserved families in Lake County, IL. Trained CHWs deliver services and programs and connect participants to community resources.  Since 2011 MaM and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) established a capacity building collaboration to strengthen the CHW workforce and the role of the organization as an agent of change for Lake County and its Latino immigrant community. With training and support from UIC, CHWs recently completed the implementation of a diabetes self-management education program in which they conducted the enrollment of 81 Latino immigrants with diabetes, led 10-week education courses, and assessed biomedical and behavioral outcomes. Sixty participants completed the program and demonstrated significant reduction in levels of A1C and depression, and improvement in diabetes care self-efficacy and quality of life. Factors that facilitate the university/CBO partnership, the organizational effects of this collaboration, and how the extended impact to the community translates into measurable outcomes at the individual level, will be discussed.

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
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least two attributes of a successful collaboration between academia and community based organizations. Identify three potential benefits of CHW capacity building Describe a program implementation that effectively engages members of the Latino immigrant community.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Community Health Workers and Promoters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator and trainer in this partnership, and I was involved in all aspects of the collaboration, in preparation, training of community health workers, data collection and data analysis.
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.