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The Role of Community Health Workers and Diabetes

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The Role of Community Health Workers and Diabetes
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In this seminar participants will be able to identify the performance measures established by HRSA related to diabetes, as well as the signs and symptoms of diabetes.  Participants will also learn how to manage their diabetes via a healthy lifestyle and regular monitoring of blood glucose levels.  Focus will also be given to the role and participation of community health workers in the prevention and control of diabetes.

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Learning Objectives
  1. Identification of signs and symptoms of Diabetes

  2. Describe how high levels of blood glucose can be measured in the body

  3. Encourage patients to check their glucose levels regularly

  4. Understand the role of Community Health Workers and their participation in diabetes specific programs in their health centers


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Ileana Maria



Senior Advisor for Scientific and Strategic Planning

Migrant Clinicians Network

Ileana Maria Ponce-Gonzalez, MD, MPH, is Senior Advisor for Scientific and Strategic Planning at MCN and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. She obtained a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Nicaragua, a Clinical Genetics degree at the University of Chile and a Master in Public Health degree at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. Before joining MCN, Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez worked as a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) for the Division of Scientific Review at the Agency for Health Care Quality Research (AHRQ), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for twelve years. Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez contributed to the missions of NIH and AHRQ by delivering high quality peer review of proposals and grant applications to advance science and medical research in complex areas such as drug development, infectious diseases, clinical research, global infectious diseases, opportunistic disease, preventive medicine, bioinformatics, and health services research. At AHRQ, she was the Designated Federal Officer, managing the peer review of the Health Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Study Section for four years ( Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez also served as the AHRQ spokesperson for the Latino community and she was the face for the national Spanish-language campaigns as Tomas las Riendas de Tu Salud and Conoce las Preguntas. In addition she participated in the AHRQ-sponsored Hispanic Outreach Project by preparing the public access of the health columns for AHRQ’s Spanish-language webpage. Her activities have effectively contributed to AHRQ efforts in improving health care and health awareness of Latinos. As a Public Health Intern at Johns Hopkins University Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez worked for the National Latina Health Network a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and strengthening networks of Latino leaders in public health and building local and national community health partnerships. She addressed the health concerns affecting Latinos and their families by promoting leadership advocacy community health partnerships and initiatives within the Latino communities and developed public health policy by promoting improvement to medical care services research and evaluation of HIV and AIDS health promotion programs. Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez has extensive community and public health systems experience in Nicaragua Chile and the United States. Currently Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez funded the Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees (CHWCMR) a a passionate group of passionate volunteer dedicated to the promotion empowerment leadership continuing education and integration of CHWs into the health care system to improve the quality of life of migrants mobile poor and refugees:




Director, Senior Investigator, GHRI

MacColl Center , WA

Michael L. Parchman, MD, MPH, is Director of the MacColl Center for Healthcare Innovation within the Group Health Research Institute. Prior to joining GHRI and MacColl he was Director of the primary care Practice-Based Research Initiative and a Senior Advisor for Primary Care at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Rockville, Maryland. The focus of his work over the past decade has been improving outcomes for patients with chronic illness in primary care settings. His areas of interest include dissemination and implementation research in primary care using complex adaptive systems theory, practice-based research network (PBRN) development and methodologies, and strategies for developing a sustainable infrastructure for on-going quality improvement in primary care. He has experience in primary care re-design and PCMH implementation in small primary care office settings using practice facilitation/coaching strategy.
Grant Information

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement number U30CS09742, Technical Assistance to Community and Migrant Health Centers and Homeless for $1,094,709.00 with 0% of the total NCA project financed with non-federal sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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