The purpose of this federally-funded
collaborative effort of the UH Cooperative Extension Service, Washington
State University Cooperative Extension, New Mexico State University
Cooperative Extension, and the Joslin Diabetes Center is to develop
and implement a diabetes awareness education program for underserved
populations. This project aims to increase people's awareness of
diabetes and key indicators of risk factors of complications from
diabetes. In Hawaii, this project is being conducted initially on
the Big Island of Hawaii with plans to expand to the neighbor islands.
In collaboration with
local agencies and community-based programs, the project is reaching
adults with diabetes who have limited access to health care and
diabetes education. At a two-hour session, project participants
are screened for four of the five recommended medical tests (through
fingerstick blood and urine samples) and then participate in an
educational session, "On the Road to
Living Well with Diabetes," to learn about these tests.
An evaluation interview with each participant after three months
measures changes in diabetes knowledge and self-care behavior.
This project has also
partnered with the Diabetes Network of Hawaii County and the Diabetes
Education and Counseling Center in Hilo. Healthy and tasty local-style
recipes are demonstrated weekly at the Center to compliment the
myriad of classes offered for persons with diabetes and their families.
For more information
about this project, contact the project coordinator, Julia Zee,
County Extension Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at the UH Cooperative Extension Service, 875 Komohana St., Hilo,
HI, 96720, Ph. (808) 981-5199.