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12.1.14

Dulce Mothers: Promotoras and Mothers with Gestational Diabetes

Clayton Velicer, MPH

For a long time, promotoras have helped improve access to healthcare and self-management of chronic diseases. See our previous coverage of the great work done by promotoras in mental health, improving mother’s dietary intake and improving hypertension outcomes.

In this week’s blog we highlight a recent article by Athena Philis-Tsimikas that examined the effectiveness of the Dulce Mothers program, a promotora intervention designed to lower diabetes and cardiovascular risk in Latinas following gestational diabetes.

All women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus have a sevenfold higher likelihood of future type 2 diabetes and also have a higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to mothers that do not have gestational diabetes. Latinas, in particular, are at higher risk for both gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes compared to non-Latino whites.
Training and Intervention
The Dulce Mothers intervention adopted the…

8.21.14

CHWs Engage Chicago Community at Fiesta del Sol Festival

Yudy Galvan and Lizette Martinez
Alivio Medical Center

Evoking the energy and warmth of the sun, the Fiesta del Sol festival in Chicago has grown from a block party into the largest Latino festival in the Midwest. Fiesta del Sol began in 1972 as a celebration to commemorate Pilsen Neighbors Community Council’s (PNCC) PNCC’s role in securing the city’s commitment to building Benito Juarez Leadership Academy. Today, Fiesta del Sol continues to reflect the organization’s desire for social transformation.

Recognizing the burden of chronic health diseases in Latino communities, Alivio Medical Center’s Mi Salud es Primero Diabetes Program organizes the Keeping Healthy Campaign with Fiesta del Sol every year. The Keeping Healthy Campaign encourages healthy lifestyles, good eating and exercise habits, stress reduction, healthy cooking, weight control, and high blood pressure and diabetes prevention and control. CHWs from Alivio Medical Center led the community outreach…

7.29.14

Personal Reflections from the Peers for Progress June Conference

Clayton Velicer, MPH

On June 17th and 18th, I had the wonderful opportunity to hear speakers and engage with experts on peer support when Peers for Progress and the National Council of La Raza hosted a meeting of Peers for Progress investigators and the National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network in San Francisco, California.

Projects from all over the world were showcased, representing Argentina, Cameroon, Hong Kong, Thailand, Uganda, Australia, the United Kingdom and across the United States. These presentations summarized cutting edge research on peer support for diabetes self-management provided by community health workers, promotoras and peer supporters through a variety of mediums.

One of the topics that I was particularly interested in discussing with this diverse and accomplished group was the role of technology in peer support moving forward. Recent news has covered a peer support app for diabetes care and a number of organizations launching…

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