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Engaging At-Risk Minority Women in Health System Diabetes Prevention Programs

The potential for efficacious lifestyle interventions to prevent type 2 diabetes hinges on patient engagement in real-world healthcare settings. Yet patient engagement strategies are suboptimal and attrition is often highparticularly concerning for ethnic minority women who bear disproportionate burdens of diabetes and diabetes risk factors and may be less likely to utilize evidence-based approaches to lifestyle change. The training objectives of this career development award are to strengthen expertise in diabetes, implementation science, health disparities, and biostatistics. The research objectives are to experimentally test feasible, theory-driven strategies to increase engagement in diabetes prevention programs among minority women at high risk for diabetes. These strategies will incorporate tailored diabetes risk information and basic psychosocial science (e.g., self-affirmation theory) to promote translation of diabetes prevention programs in a practice setting.

Investigator: Brown, Susan

Funder: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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