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Diabetes Self-Management Program. Silvana Goberdhan-Vigle. Background. Americans with Diabetes, 1981-2011. http:// www.cdc.gov /diabetes/statistics/ prev /national/ figpersons.htm. Diabetes. http:// www.cdc.gov /diabetes/pubs/ pdf /ndfs_2011.pdf.

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Diabetes self management program

Diabetes Self-Management Program

Silvana Goberdhan-Vigle

Diabetes self management program


Americans with diabetes 1981 2011

Americans with Diabetes, 1981-2011





8.3% of the US population had diabetes in 2011

People with diabetes are twice as likely to die than those of a similar age without it

African americans and diabetes

African-Americans and Diabetes

Diabetes affects African Americans more than any other group

African American diabetics are also more likely to have complications resulting from their diabetes


Diabetes self management program

The Program

Diabetes self management program


Blood glucose lowered by twice as much when in a support group

African Americans tend to seek less primary care than other ethnic groups

Many of diabetes’ risk factors are also risk factors for other common diseases afflicting African Americans


Piedmont health

Piedmont Health


“[E]nsuring high-quality healthcare to everyone in our community”



Support for middle-aged African American males who have already been diagnosed with diabetes

Free cooking lessons, exercise programs, and blood glucose monitoring at regular intervals over a period of several months

Community health advisors

Community Health Advisors

Paid members of the community who would lead support groups

Training would be provided

Research in the community

Research in the Community

  • High level of interest in program

  • Greater level of awareness than expected

    • Perception that youth programs would also be beneficial

  • 20% of those interviewed had diabetes

Potential collaborators sources of funding

Potential Collaborators/Sources of Funding

Roosevelt Institute

Community Empowerment Fund

Hope Gardens CSA Program

Campus Y

UNC Hospitals

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