Developing a Novel Intervention to Improve Health Literacy among Wisconsin Latinos

Project Overview

6th Funding Cycle Development Award
Project Start Date: 2/1/2011
     Project End Date: 1/31/2013 - No Cost Extension Through: 7/31/2013
     Award Amount:     $200,000

Project Goal Statement: To develop and evaluate the outcomes of a novel intervention to improve diabetes knowledge, knowledge retention, and screening behaviors among Latinos.

 Community Partner:

Primary Community Partner: Ricardo Díaz, UCC Executive Director, Centro de la Comunidad Unida - United Community Center (UCC)

 Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Elaine Drew, PhD, Institute for Health and Society
Additional Academic Partner: Ruta Brazauskas, PhD, Institute for Health and Society

 Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary 2/1/2011 - 9/30/2011
Project Progress Report Summary 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012
Project Final Report Summary

 Affiliated Web Pages:

Centro de la Comunidad Unida - United Community Center (UCC)

 Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Developed a lay-language report titled “Risk Factors Associated with Diabetes Screening” to be presented to community gatherings, small groups or individuals about Latino risk factors for diabetes and the importance of getting a blood glucose screening
    • Conducted feedback sessions with the Community Advisory Board (CAB) and Expert Panel (EP) regarding the results of in-depth interviews conducted with ten Latino adults with diabetes or who have a loved one with diabetes and the recorded and edited scenes of the telenovela
    • Produced a DVD copy of the telenovela that can be used by diabetes educators working with Spanish-speaking clients
    • Hosted a community premiere of the telenovela held at UCC (over 150 attendees)
  • Posters
    • Poster presentation at the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Annual Research Forum – Risk Factors Associated with Diabetes Screening: Results of a Survey with Milwaukee Latinos. Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Annual Research Forum. May 23, 2011.
    • Thematic poster presentation at Leading the Way Joint Conference – Drew E, Farias R, Delgado-Rendón A, Gonzalez M, Hughes J, Villa M, and Gomez S. Dulce Tentación (Sweet Temptation): Improving Diabetes Literacy among Latinos through a Culturally Tailored Media Intervention. Leading the Way: A Joint Conference of Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin and Wisconsin Partnership Program. September 27, 2012.
  • Presentations
    • Presentation at the 2011 Minority Health in the Midwest Conference about the community-academic partnership and the HWPP-funded telenovela project – Drew E and Delgado-Rendón A. Improving Health Literacy Among Wisconsin Latinos Through a Telenovela. 2011 Minority Health in the Midwest Conference, The Promise of Health Equity: Advancing the Discussion to Eliminate Disparities in the 21st Century. University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health. February 25, 2011.
    • Presented at the Department of Family and Community Medicine Annual Research Forum (June 2013)
    • Presented at the American Heart Association's Por Tu Corazon (For Your Heart) "Go Red" event held at UMOS (over 100 attendees)
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