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CHW Care for Latinos with Diabetes: The DIALBEST Study

Clayton Velicer, MPH

In our August Newsletter we highlighted the growth of community health workers (CHWs), particularly in Latino communities. We also highlighted an example of CHWs using mobile technology to boost impact in underserved Latino communities. In this blog, we’ll look at a related study that was recently covered by Medscape Medical News.

This article in Diabetes Care published results from the Diabetes Among Latinos Best Practices Trial (DIALBEST). In this study, 211 adult Latinos with diabetes were randomized to receive either 17 in-home educational sessions delivered by trained and supervised bilingual/bicultural CHWs or standard care. To help others replicate and scale up the model, the study thoroughly described the CHW training program and delivery of the intervention. In this blog, we took highlights from the article on Medscape Medical News, including commentaries from the research team.
Training and Supporting CHWs
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Bridging the Gap between Cultural Communities and Health Providers

Our colleagues at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law posted this blog on our recent meeting in San Francisco.

In it they share two resources they developed for the meeting:

The first paper, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Opportunities for Community Health Workers, generally explores the policy and legal framework underlying the ACA, which increases the role of CHWs within the US healthcare system.

The second paper, Community Health Worker Credentialing, more specifically discusses different state approaches to recognizing and reimbursing their CHWs through both public and private insurance.

Please visit their site to read the full article.



The Expanding Role for Promotores in Health Reform: NCLR Annual Conference Highlights

Patrick Yao Tang, MPH

Each year, the National Council of La Raza hosts a sprawling conference to promote positive social change for the betterment of the Hispanic community. The event brings together influential leaders, organizations, institutions, and companies to tackle the most pressing issues facing the Hispanic community, from community empowerment to immigration to education to health. This year’s theme, “Rise as One”, highlights ascension to better opportunities, respect, and awareness with respect to the improved image, position, and power of the Hispanic community. It serves as a call for unity within communities of color and a challenge to climb upwards together.

The 2013 NCLR Annual Conference was held from July 20-23 in New Orleans, LA. Over four days, attendees took part in Town Hall discussions, luncheons, and over 50 workshops on 11 tracks. On the final day of the conference, attendees lined up for hours for a chance to see First Lady Michelle Obama…

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