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A Case Study: Diabetes Interventions and Self-Care Opportunities (DISCO) Program for Predominantly Black Communities

Ganjoo, Umeka (2022) A Case Study: Diabetes Interventions and Self-Care Opportunities (DISCO) Program for Predominantly Black Communities. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Diabetes is a chronic health condition with increasing prevalence rates leading to high mortality and morbidity in the United States. Type 2 diabetes is the most diagnosed form of this condition and is a result of lifestyle behaviors, environment, and preventative care measures. Due to the racial and systemic disparities existing in resource allocation and access to care, underserved Black populations are at an increased risk of developing and worsening of a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. To help combat this issue and remove any potential barriers, the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Wellness Pavilion created an interprofessional and community-based health education program called DISCO, Diabetes Interventions and Self-Care Opportunities, comprised of educational hands-on sessions in nutrition, mental health counseling support, physical exercise, and medication management. This approach focuses on targeting public health-related challenges in underserved populations by drawing upon the social-ecological framework to understand the various factors affecting diabetes care management. This essay will describe a pilot offering of the DISCO program where the author will discuss the program’s design, implementation, and effectiveness on educating and empowering individuals with pre-diabetes, diabetes, or a caregiver of someone with diabetes. The program’s long-term goals are to build support systems, trust in a community, and increased health literacy.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ganjoo, Umekaumeka.ganjoo@pitt.eduumeka.ganjoo
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJarlenski, Marianmarian.jarlenski@pitt.edumarian.jarlenskiUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.edumaterryUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMoreland, Channingclmoreland@pitt.educlmorelandUNSPECIFIED
Date: 16 May 2022
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 21 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 61
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: diabetes education, community, health literacy, Homewood
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 17:53
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 17:53


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