Research & Practice

Development of a Culturally Tailored Visual Reference Tool for Latino Patients with Diabetes

Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is King County’s primary trauma hospital, with priority given to indigents without third-party coverage, persons incarcerated in King County Jail, and the non-English-speaking poor, among others. Harborview’s commitment to serving non-English-speaking residents led them to create EthnoMed, whose purpose is “to make information about culture, language, health, illness, and community resources directly accessible to health care providers who see patients from different ethnic groups.”

One of the issues spearheaded by EthnoMed is diabetes education. 13% of Latinos living in the United States have diabetes, almost twice the rate of non-Latino whites. There are linguistic, cultural, and financial barriers to care for Latino patients with diabetes, however, leading to a need for culturally tailored visual reference tools when discussing diet with those patients.

The object of this project was to create a narrated visual tool to be used by Latino patients with diabetes and their clinicians during discussions about blood sugar and diet to improve diabetes management and health outcomes of Latino patients with uncontrolled diabetes who receive care at HMC.

Materials Available

Project Type(s): MPH Practicum, PH Concentration Poster

Author(s): Elizabeth Hulbrock

Program(s): Master of Public Health, RDN Training

Year: 2015