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Project Details

Diabetes in Vulnerable Populations in Contra Costa County

Project Summary: 

Health Research for Action (HRA) studied the needs of African-American, Latino, Vietnamese, and Mien patients with diabetes. The patients were members of a health plan in Contra Costa County, California. Through focus groups, interviews, and health literacy assessments, the patients evaluated their own care. Based on the results, HRA revised self-management tools, trained providers to better understand patients' needs, and recommended changes to the health plan's education programs and treatment protocols. Four provider health literacy trainings were held, and revisions were made to the plan's diabetes self-management materials.

Policy, Practice or Research Impacts: 

Diabetes rates continue to rise. This project helped us learn about effective ways to provide diabetes education and support, especially for people with limited English skills and low incomes.

Contact Person: 
Carrie Graham
Contact Person's Email Address:
Health Research for Action, UC Berkeley
Research Publications and Reports: 

Report of preliminary findings from the needs assessment and recommendations for changes to materials and trainings for providers.
January 2007: A report of final results and recommendations from the needs assessment

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