EOA 2011-2012: Diabetes Information Outreach to the Latino/Hispanic Population of Pomona
Western University of Health Sciences in conjunction with the Pomona Public Library, will develop and operationalize a diabetes information outreach program aimed at the Hispanic/Latino population of the City of Pomona, Los Angeles County, California. Funds will go to: 1. Provide (in the computer lab of the PPL) four (4) bi-lingual training/diabetes education sessions. Many members of Pomona?s Hispanic population do not have access to computers, and by holding the sessions at the PPL lab, they can be made aware of this free resource. Because older Hispanic community members are often not trained in computer use, each session will begin with basic instructions as to how to access the internet, how to search, and specifically, how to access and utilize the resources referenced above. Following this training segment, a faculty member from WesternU will present information relating to various aspects of diabetes care. Topics may include: proper diet and nutrition; pharmacology (drug interactions, prescriptions, herbal medicine, etc.); the importance of optometric and dental screenings; disaster preparedness; and the care and prevention of wounds. A pre-and post-evaluation will be administered at each session to measure knowledge gained. The main objective of this project is: 1. Provide a series of four (4) community educational sessions at the Pomona Public Library, which will include: a. computer training sessions for Hispanic/Latino community members on how to access the internet, how to conduct searches, and specifically, how to access and utilize health resources, and b. presentations from WesternU faculty members relating to various aspects of diabetes prevention, care and management.