EOA 2011-2012: Digital Empowerment for Diabetic Patients
The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the health status of disadvantaged diabetic patients by providing them with the computer and internet skills necessary to find and evaluate health information on the Web. Because research shows that diabetic patients with higher health literacy levels have better health outcomes than those with lower literacy levels (source: Sakar, U. et al. Hypoglycemia is More Common Among Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Limited Health Literacy. J.Gen.lntem.Med., 2010), our plan is to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate teaching materials to teach both Sp~nish-and English-speaking diabetic patients from San Francisco General Hospital's outpatient clinics how to use computers and the Internet to flnd reliable health infonnation. We will collaborate with Caminos, a community organization whose mission is to empower Latinas by providing training in digital technology.