To help increase diabetes awareness in the Hispanic community, four students from the family nurse practitioner program at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) in Oakland, Calif., recently organized and taught two free diabetes workshops at the Davis Street Family Resource Center in San Leandro, Calif. The students taught classes in English and Spanish, addressing topics such as blood sugar management and nutritious meal planning.
FNP student Suzanne Portnoy said the bilingual workshops were created to educate and improve glycemic control and self-management skills in the Hispanic community and to promote better health through a series of face-to-face sessions.
"Being told you have diabetes can leave you with a lot of questions," Portnoy said. "The workshops encourage patients to relate what they learn to their own experiences and make plans to put that learning to work in their everyday lives."
For the past 3 years, SMU and the Davis Street Family Resource, a private nonprofit organization, have been bringing low-cost primary medical services to uninsured and underinsured children and adults.