Diabetes Peer Counseling Study
The specific aims of the study are:
- To develop a comprehensive culturally tailored model of diabetes management that integrates the work of community-based peer counselors and clinical specialists into a multi-disciplinary health care team in order to directly respond to factors limiting successful diabetes management identified through an intensive needs assessment conducted in the Latino community.
- To implement an intervention that provides education and support to Latino adults diagnosed with Type II diabetes in both clinical and home settings through a partnership between the Hispanic Health Council (HHC), Hartford Hospital and University of Connecticut (UConn).
- To evaluate this intervention for its impact on program adherence, and improved outcomes sustained over time as reflected by clinical, cognitive and behavioral measures.
- To modify the peer counseling service based on the evaluation, and implement it as a best practices model for diabetes management support of diabetic Latinos.
Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, University of Connecticut-Storrs, PI
Grace Damio, Hispanic Health Council, co-PI
Jyoti Chhabra, Hartford Hospital, co-PI