Narrative Report: Advancing Equity in Diabetes Prevention for Black or Hispanic Women: Lessons Learned and Action Steps

Throughout the multi-year initiative with CDC, ACPM had the opportunity to collaborate with the American Medical Association (AMA) and Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) to provide technical assistance and support to the grantee project sites including the Northeast Valley Health Corporation, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Health and Hospital System, Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center, University of Washington Valley Medical Center, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle. The report presents specific challenges, shares lessons learned, and outlines action steps for tailoring type 2 diabetes prevention strategies to be culturally responsive for Black and Hispanic women with prediabetes within health systems’ settings. The report also provides recommendations for healthcare leaders to advance equity and sustainability in diabetes prevention for their Black and Hispanic patients.

Toolkit: Building Health Care Provider Capacity to Screen, Test, and Refer Disparate Populations with Prediabetes

With funding from the CDC, ACPM developed a toolkit to activate preventive medicine physicians and related partners to improve equity and reduce disparities in diabetes prevention by screening, testing and referring disproportionately affected populations with prediabetes into the National DPP Lifestyle Change Program (LCP). The toolkit focuses on three levels of healthcare delivery using the social-ecological model of health to address 1) the individual level focusing on the patient – provider relationship; 2) the interpersonal level focusing on the provider – care team member relationship; and 3) the community level focusing on relationship between organizations. Since there is immense intersectionality between all levels, it is necessary to effectively demonstrate the need for prediabetes screening and preventive care among physicians through multiple stages in order to address the gap in clinical-community linkages and overall low rates of enrollment and retention within the National DPP LCP. The toolkit also evaluates fundamental barriers to care and provides specific, detailed and unique action items within the desired framework.

Black Women’s Health Imperative Storytelling Videos: Her Story Her Way Video Series

The emotional connections built through effective stories have proven to be powerful stimulants of donations and support for organizations and initiatives. By leveraging the organization’s experiences, challenges, and successes through stories developed for and delivered to appropriate audiences, storytelling can be an effective, strategic tool for the organizations to gain the support necessary to advance their missions. Learn more from our amazing National DPP Lifestyle Medicine Coaches today.