Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects the growing Latino population. Many Latino patients with diabetes have limited socioeconomic resources, and thus health centers play a crucial role caring for them. We conducted a study of almost 100 community health across 10 states in the Midwest to assess the availability of services provided to Latino patients with diabetes and healthcare providers’ Spanish language ability and Latino cultural awareness.
We found that providers who saw many Latino patients reported greater access to a range of personnel (such as physician’s assistants and certified diabetes educators), interpreters, and culturally tailored programs for their patients compared to those who saw few Latino patients. However, overall, access to these services is low and needs to be strengthened across all sites.
This study was conducted in collaboration with the MidWest Clinicians’ Network.
Principal Investigator: Arshiya A. Baig, MD, MPH, FACP
Amanda Benitez, MPH
Cara A. Locklin, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago
Amanda Campbell, Midwest Clinicians’ Network
Cynthia T. Schaefer, RN, MSN, Midwest Clinicians’ Network, University of Evansville
Loretta Heuer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Midwest Clinicians’ Network, North Dakota State University
Sang Mee Lee, PhD
Marla C. Solomon, RD, LD/N, CDE, University of Illinois at Chicago
Michael T. Quinn, PhD
J. Martin Vargas, Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska
Deborah L. Burnet, MD, MA
Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH
NIDDK DK087903-01A1 K23 Mentored Career Development Award
NIDDK Diabetes Research & Training Center P60 DK20595
NIDDK Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24 DK071933)
NIDDK P30 DK092949 Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research