Computer-based diabetes education program in Spanish for the Latino population.
- Culturally appropriate program in Spanish and English.
- Program offers supplemental materials including DVD, website, and nutrition information.
- Program offers free monthly classes.
Diabetes affects nearly 275 million people worldwide and type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the US. Currently, there is no cure for diabetes, but it is often manageable through maintaining sufficient levels of circulating insulin. The growing population of Latinos in the country combined with the increase in prevalence of type 2 diabetes has led to the need for proper education and support for the underserved Latino population.
Emory inventors have developed the “Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program” (ELDEP) in order to provide necessary education and support for the Latino population. The program focuses on diabetes self-management education and support with comprehensive and culturally appropriate diabetes education in Spanish. The program offers free monthly classes and supplemental computer-based education materials. ELDEP follows the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) framework of healthy behaviors such as healthy eating, being active, monitoring, medication use, problem-solving, and healthy coping, as well as increased preventative measures such as eye, foot and dental exams.
- DVD, website, and other nutritional information are available.
- More than 1300 patients have participated in the initial session of the program.
- Data shows a drop in glycated HgB (A1C test) and blood pressure.