Salud y Vida

Health and Life. 

Community Health Workers provided one-on-one case management and group education sessions on diabetes self-management

Salud y Vida (Health and Life) aimed to help program participants make healthier lifestyle decisions through education, skill building, and support. The program offered diabetes self-management education to residents of Hidalgo County, Texas, who were referred to the program based on a diagnosis type 2 diabetes and a HbA1c of at least 8.

Salud y Vida used Community Health Workers (CHWs) to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate diabetes classes and home visits. The classes and home visits focused on topics like nutrition, the importance of physical activity, and general diabetes management. Our CHWs encouraged every participant to have a medical home and actively seek healthcare and collaborated with participants to develop action plans to form healthy lifestyle habits. The program also provided qualifying participants with a glucometer to improve monitoring of glucose levels and track progress. Finally, an assessment of participants’ needs was offered, which helped to ensure that all participants had access to community resources for diabetes management.

A women holding a plate of broccoli and healthy wrap.

Families that participated in Salud y Vida learned how to make healthy snacks with fruits, vegetables and lean meats.

Salud y Vida began in 2014 and concluded in March 2018.

2017 Program Outcomes

789 Participants Served

298 program participants were enrolled in Salud y Vida in 2017.

High Participant Attendance

On average, participants attended 4.7 sessions. (The Salud y Vida curriculum consists of six total sessions led by a Community Health Worker.)

Significant Decrease in Hemoglobin A1c.

From baseline to three months, participants demonstrate a significant decrease in Hemoglobin A1c. (Baseline HbA1c mean 10.044, three month HBA1c mean = 9.20)

The program was made possible through the University of Houston Health Science Center. For more information on this program, please contact us.

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2017 Program Outcomes

789 Participants Served

298 program participants were enrolled in Salud y Vida in 2017.

High Participant Attendance

On average, participants attended 4.7 sessions. (The Salud y Vida curriculum consists of six total sessions led by a Community Health Worker.)

Significant Decrease in Hemoglobin A1c.

From baseline to three months, participants demonstrate a significant decrease in Hemoglobin A1c. (Baseline HbA1c mean 10.044, three month HBA1c mean = 9.20)

The program was made possible through the University of Houston Health Science Center. For more information on this program, please contact us.

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