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Diabetes Across the Lifespan: Healthy Eating Considerations for Latino Populations

Resource Topic: Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

Resource Subtopic: Health Equity, Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.

Keywords: Agricultural Workers, Chronic Diseases and Care, Community Health Workers, Education of - Staff (e.g., Competency-Based), Migrants, Nutrition, Prevention, Screening.

Year Developed: 2022

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.)

Language(s): English

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

Resource Summary: Vulnerable populations are at a higher risk for chronic illnesses such as diabetes due to their lack of access to healthcare and healthy food options. Most common foods in the Hispanic/Latino culture are high in sugar and carbohydrates, which lends itself to the high rates of diabetes within this community. Community Health Workers deliver culturally inclusive health education resources that help Latinos, and other high-risk populations choose the correct meals and portions to manage diabetes and stay in better physical shape.

Resource Details: CHWs can assist participants with resources such as accessing healthcare, medication, and supplies vouchers, as well as other free services such as exercise sites, food banks, and education on diabetes management. Participants are encouraged to participate in self-care practices, such as eating healthy, being active, attending medical appointments, and taking time to do things they enjoy to minimize stress. Overall, CHW interventions have successfully improved health outcomes among individuals diagnosed with diabetes.

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