In response to the growing number of Latinos in this country, the Emory-Grady diabetes team developed the “Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program” (ELDEP) to provide much needed education and support to the underserved Latino population in our area. ELDEP was implemented in 2005 and addresses Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Diabetes- Self-Management Support (DSMS) of Latino patients 16 and older with type 2 diabetes in a variety of models meeting the needs of the patients and the clinics.
To improve diabetes care for Latinos by providing diabetes training programs for people with diabetes and for the health care providers that care for them.
Initial classes are held monthly. Referrals to class are done by physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and educators. The program is announced in the local Latino media (print, radio and tv). The program curriculum follows the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) theoretical framework of seven self-care behaviors: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, medication use, problem-solving and healthy coping. The class format encourages ongoing discussion and questions.
The educational materials used in the class include the “Guide for my diabetes control”, a “Viva mas y major con su diabetes bajo control” DVD, and supplemental monitoring and nutrition information.
A monthly 1.5-hour meeting where a guest speaker conducts a 30- minute presentation. Topics include:
Participants have the opportunity to share experiences and ask questions regarding their diabetes care.
To date more than 1300 patients have participated in the initial session of the Viva más y major...con su diabetes bajo control. Our data shows successful outcomes which include: a drop in Hgb A1C and blood pressure, an increase in preventive measures, and an overall increase in knowledge. These results have been presented and published at national meeting such as the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions and the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meetings.
The clinics involved in our project are Diabetes Clinic at Grady, International Medical Clinic at Grady, North Dekalb Clinic at Grady, North Fulton Health Center, Lifeline Primary Care Clinic - Lawrenceville, Children's Cardiovascular Medicine - Marietta, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital – Alabama, 4 Corners Clinic – FQHC, Latin American Association, Northeast GA Medical Center- Gainesville.
In 2013, the Director of the program - Britt Rotberg, MS, RD, LD implemented the "Emory Latino Diabetes Education for Gestational Diabetes"(ELDEG). ELDEG is currently educating high-risk pregnant women with gestational diabetes in 8 clinics through the metro-Atlanta area. ELDEG will soon be implemented in local health departments throughout Georgia. Recently, Britt Rotberg has partnered with the Georgia Hispanic Health Coalition to adapt thecurrent "¡Viva mas y mejor.. con su diabetes bajo control!" (Live longer and better... with your diabetes under control!) curriculum to the "¡Viva mas y mejor ...prevenir la diabetes!" (Live longer and Better...preventing diabetes), which focuses on educating the community on how to prevent diabetes.
There is no cost to participate in the program. If you know of someone who has diabetes or you would like to refer patients to the program or if you would like to volunteer please contact Britt Rotberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Latino diabetes education programs, call 404-616-7417.