Diabetes Education for Vietnamese Americans (DEVA) Study

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Program Description
The overarching goal of this project was to develop interventions to improve the care for Vietnamese American adults with diabetes mellitus and hypertension. The project evaluated the barriers to care and disease self-management among community members and utilized Vietnamese American community health workers to provide additional support and resources (i.e. patient education, follow-up on social service referrals) to patients of the formerly Tulane-operated New Orleans East of Louisiana Community Health Center (NOELA). Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC) partnered with the Tulane School of Medicine on the project also known as the Diabetes Education in Vietnamese Americans (DEVA) project. The PI for this project is Eboni Price-Haywood, MD, MPH.

Clinical Care
NOELA is a recognized Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) charged with delivering high quality, culturally competent primary care that appropriately addresses the culture and language-use needs of the community it serves. The PCMH model incorporates staff and programs to engage not only the patient but also the community in their health and healthcare. 

Education/Workforce Development
Researchers collaborated with Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation to identify, train, and deploy six bilingual members of the Vietnamese American community in New Orleans East as community health workers (CHWs) to provide patient education, health coaching and health system navigation support. CHWs completed a structured training program designed to equip them with public health knowledge and project-specific skills to effectively carry out their work. 

The research team conducted a total of nine focus groups to assess community knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs about diabetes and hypertension management. These discussions informed the team about relevant barriers to care and guided the development of culturally appropriate clinical and community-based care services for patients with diabetes and/or hypertension.

Capacity Building/Community Engagement
The project expanded upon the use of two experienced CHWs who were previously trained in years one and two of this study to increase community health outreach activities. The CHWs collaborated with NOELA, MQVN CDC and other organizations to host and participate in several outreach events.


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This study was supported by a grant with University of Mississippi Medical Center's Institute for Improvement of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the Delta Region (DRI) and was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health. (Prime Award Number 1 CIMP091054-01-00). The DRI's charge is to eliminate health disparities.



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