Partner with community-based organizations to implement quality diabetes programs for the Hispanic population.
Based on current and projected prevalence of diabetes among Hispanic populations, more quality diabetes care and education programs are needed to help Hispanics access screening services, according to a recent survey by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health [the Alliance]. This will reduce costs and improve outcomes so that patients are able to manage and control the condition before they develop complications.
“Managed care organizations need to partner in a meaningful way with community based organizations to implement culturally proficient programs on diabetes risk factors and symptoms at the local level,” according to Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, president and CEO of the Alliance.
The survey found:
“Findings from the survey show that there is a clear need for education efforts to reinforce the message that there are steps that can be taken to prevent and manage diabetes,” Delgado says. “Hispanics know about the risk of diabetes but it has been presented in such a negative way that people think it is inevitable.”
Additionally, the role of a regular source of care is key for people to be able to manage their diabetes, says Delgado. “As more home-based self-care alternatives become the norm there is a need for programs that teach people about these options."
“As communities become more aware about the need to increase physical activity and eat a healthy diet, these areas of intervention need to be a priority for diabetes prevention and management programs,” Delgado adds. “Many of the current evidence-based programs are too long and do not recognize the variables which impinge on the choices on underserved communities.
The interventions that have been developed by the Alliance will have a halo effect on other health concerns, according to Delgado.
The study was conducted for the National Alliance for Hispanic Health via telephone by Social Science Research Solutions, an independent research company. Interviews were conducted from September 18 to October 20, 2013 among a nationally representative sample of 770 respondents aged 18 years and older.