142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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The 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: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The 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. 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.
Session Objectives: Identify lessons learned and strategies that are used to reach and effectively engage African American Women in diabetes self-management. 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.

Cross-site evaluation of different community efforts to improve diabetes self-management among African-American women
Jerry A. Schultz, PhD, Jomella Watson-Thompson, PhD, Stephen Fawcett, PhD, Patricia Doykos, PhD, Jenna Hunter, MPH, Ithar Hassaballa, B.S. and Charles Sepers, B.S.
Health wise women diabetes self-management project in Washington D.C
Valerie L. Rochester, MPA, Angela Ford, Ithar Hassaballa, B.S., Jerry A. Schultz, PhD and Samantha Griffin
Together on Diabetes effort to empower African American women to control their diabetes
Jerry A. Schultz, PhD, Jomella Watson-Thompson, PhD, Stephen Fawcett, PhD and Patricia Doykos, PhD

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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Women's Caucus, Community Health Workers