Engaging native American caregivers in youth-focused diabetes prevention and management

Rachel Chambers, Summer Rosenstock, Melissa Walls, Anne Kenney, Marissa Begay, Kendrea Jackson, Leonela Nelson, Nicole Neault, Novalene Goklish, Dike Van De Mheen, Allison Barlow

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Native American youth aged 10 to 19 years are disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes. Intergenerational programs may improve health in tribal communities. We evaluated Together on Diabetes, a diabetes prevention and management program, among 257 participating Native American youths with or at risk for type 2 diabetes and their adult caregivers. Feasibility, acceptability, and demographic data were collected from 226 adult caregivers. Data on physical measurements (weight, height, waist circumference) were collected from 37 of the caregivers. Results indicated that engaging adult caregivers was feasible, acceptable, and effective. Furthermore, a subset of adult caregivers reduced their body mass index (weight in kilograms divided by height in m2) significantly from the start to the end of the program, a 12 month period (P = .02). Findings suggest the feasibility of engaging adult caregivers in youth diabetes prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number170521
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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