Integrating Diabetes Self-Management Interventions for Mexican-Americans into the Catholic Church Setting

Abstract

Churches provide an innovative and underutilized setting for diabetes self-management programs for Latinos. This study sought to formulate a conceptual framework for designing church-based programs that are tailored to the needs of the Latino community and that utilize church strengths and resources. To inform this model, we conducted six focus groups with mostly Mexican-American Catholic adults with diabetes and their family members (N = 37) and found that participants were interested in church-based diabetes programs that emphasized information sharing, skills building, and social networking. Our model demonstrates that many of these requested components can be integrated into the current structure and function of the church. However, additional mechanisms to facilitate access to medical care may be necessary to support community members’ diabetes care.

DOI: 10.1007/s10943-012-9601-1

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@article{Baig2012IntegratingDS, title={Integrating Diabetes Self-Management Interventions for Mexican-Americans into the Catholic Church Setting}, author={Arshiya A. Baig and Cara A. Locklin and Abigail E. Wilkes and Donna Dempsey Oborski and John C. Acevedo and Rita Gorawara-Bhat and Michael Quinn and Deborah L. Burnet and Marshall H . Chin}, journal={Journal of Religion and Health}, year={2012}, volume={53}, pages={105-118} }