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$250,000 grant awarded to NMSU to study diabetes

A two-year, $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will enable New Mexico State University to work with Ben Archer Health Centers to study diabetes education along the U.S.-Mexico border region. The title of the study is "Tailoring Diabetes Education Services to Optimize Outcomes."


s has been diagnosed in 6.3 percent of the nation's population. However, the prevalence of diabetes in New Mexico is 8.9 percent and Dona Ana County's rate is 9.4 percent.

While health care providers prescribe medications and monitor for complications, the major portion of diabetes management is self-management. Morbidity and mortality related to diabetes complications can be reduced if patients know how to take care of themselves.

Research has shown that Hispanic patients are less likely to receive patient education than non-Hispanic patients even though Hispanics are twice as likely to have diabetes. In addition, patients who have access to health care do not always use the resources available. Studies demonstrate that few people who are referred for diabetes education actually complete formal diabetes education classes.

The funded study consists of two parts. In part one, researchers will assess individual and system factors that affect the availability and use of diabetes education resources. Part two will develop an intervention that will take into account the factors identified in the first part of the study. Self-care behaviors, glucose control and body mass index will be measured in patients who receive the intervention and those who receive the usual education provided at Ben Archer. This will allow the research team to determine if the intervention is successful. Recommendations will then be made to Ben Archer Health Centers as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, based on the findings.