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Diabetes Management and Oral Health

Resource Topic: Emerging Issues, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations, Workforce

Resource Subtopic: Behavioral Health, Diabetes, Oral Health (Dental Care), Health Equity, Population Health, Enabling Services (ES), Patient Engagement, Programs and Services.

Keywords: Agricultural Workers, Chronic Diseases and Care, Communication, Transparency, and Outreach, Community Engagement, Community Health Workers, Health Risk and Behavior, Hispanic Americans/Latinos, Latinas, Hypertension, Integrated Care, Non-Clinical Services, Older Adults (Elders/Elderly), Outreach, Prevention, Risk Management, Team-Based Care.

Year Developed: 2022

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: MHP Salud (See other resources developed by this organization). In collaboration with Health Outreach Partners.

Resource Summary: The harsh working conditions can place MSAWs at higher risk for health complications as they are most likely to skip meals and take medication at prescribed times when working long shifts.1 Besides lack of health insurance, linguistic barriers, and lack of time for general medical care, MSAWs face a lack of dental insurance and dental care, which can lead to deteriorating oral health. Dental disease is one of the most common and preventable diseases but is not always the priority of patients managing diabetes

Resource Details: CHWs are often bilingual, which helps to better connect and communicate with MSAW communities. While their primary role is often linking vulnerable populations to the health system, additional roles can include cultural mediation, culturally appropriate education, care coordination, case management, systems navigation, coaching and social support, advocacy, capacity building, and outreach. Through these roles, CHWs offer support to participants with diabetes and/or at risk of developing diabetes in a unique, culturally appropriate manner.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.