The education sessions consisted of six weekly classes, which ranged from topics like What is Diabetes and How Does it Impact Your Organs? to Stress and Depression, the Mental Health Impact of Diabetes. Home visits were also conducted, in which Community Health Workers would speak with program participants about the importance of proper nutrition, physical activity, and general diabetes management. In addition to education, participants were also connected with local resources. Our Community Health Workers helped participants fill out applications for the local food bank, connected them with primary care providers, and even arranged for transportation assistance to and from the doctor’s office.
In 2017, Salud y Vida enrolled nearly 800 active participants, and over the course of the entire program’s 4-year run, we found a significant decrease in hemoglobin A1c levels in our participants from a baseline measurement to their three-month measurement (baseline average 10.04, 3 month average 9.20). Classroom attendance was also high, with the average participant attending 4.7 classes. Overall, these numbers indicate that Salud y Vida was successful in positively impacting the lives of its program participants and reducing their hemoglobin HbA1c levels.