A healthy diet is essential to living well with diabetes. For migrant, immigrant, and farmworker populations, incorporating diabetes-appropriate meals in their everyday diet can be a challenge offset by much needed education provided by Community Health Workers and Promotoras de Salud. CHWs, particularly among underserved farmworker populations, play a crucial role in educating patients in various aspects of diabetes self-management, however CHW education itself can be challenging and not always provided with consideration to language, culture, or even literacy levels of the community members they serve. Keeping these considerations in mind, MCN developed an ECHO Diabetes series that addresses nutrition and a variety of concerns around diabetes management that focuses education on culture-specific foods, beliefs, and backgrounds.
This webinar will build on the lessons learned from MCN’s ECHO Diabetes Series that is geared towards Community Health Workers / Promotoras de Salud, patient advocates, case managers, outreach workers, health educators, and other clinical support staff specifically. Focusing specifically on Nutrition, we will discuss the organization of content around the diabetes patient education comic book. A sample curriculum will be provided to all participants and faculty will discuss how together, the curriculum and comic book can provide a training resource for health centers who want to better equip their CHWs and other outreach staff to improve diabetes care for agricultural workers and their families.
* This series will be presented in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English. *
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- Understand the importance of a healthy diet for the management of diabetes.
- Recognize the relationship between foods, drinks, and blood sugar levels.
- Demonstrate how to reinforce information about a healthy diet for patients with diabetes by utilizing MCN’s Mi Salud es mi Tesoro comic book.
Wendy Shelly, RD, CDCES, CDN is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Diabetes Care and Education. Wendy worked for 5 years training Promotoras de Salud in El Salvador and Nicaragua. She has worked for the past 18 years at Community Health Centers in Washington State and New York State, providing primary care nutrition counseling and education for people with chronic health conditions.