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PCD News Summary for August 3, 2017

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About the Journal: Published every Thursday, Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed online journal established by CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The News Media Branch prepares press summary packets each week. To receive these press summaries on an embargoed basis, send an e-mail to Please note that this e-mail list is for credentialed journalists only. All others, please visit Hookup to Health to sign up for e-mail updates.

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Improving Culturally Appropriate Care Using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach: Evaluation of a Multicomponent Cultural Competency Training Program, Arkansas, 2015–2016

Community participants in an Arkansas cultural competency training program reported high levels of improvement in knowledge, competence, and performance. As demographics change, it is important that health care providers be able to deliver culturally competent care to diverse communities. As part of the CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) used a community-based participatory research approach – a partnership approach in which researchers and participants share expertise and decision-making – to develop and deliver training to improve culturally appropriate care. Training focused on the health beliefs and behaviors of the local Marshallese and Hispanic communities in northwest Arkansas. Participants reported high levels of changes in knowledge (91.2 percent of post-training surveys), competence (86.6 percent), and performance (87.2 percent).
Melissa Newton

Participation in a Diabetes Self-Management Class Among Adults With Diabetes, New Jersey 2013–2015

Findings from a new research brief by the New Jersey Department of Health suggest that efforts to promote diabetes self-management education should target patients who live in high-need counties, have less education, are without health care coverage, were diagnosed recently, visit a diabetes provider less often, or identify as Hispanic or non-Hispanic other race. Data from the 2013–2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System were used to assess participation in a diabetes self-management class in New Jersey. Nonparticipation varied significantly by race/ethnicity, education, health care coverage, county, years since diagnosis, and whether a diabetes provider visit occurred in the past year. Identifying patient groups with low participation in diabetes self-management education can be helpful in informing efforts to improve its use.
Melissa Newton


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