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Dr. Kathleen Culhane-Pera Awarded Diabetes Research Funding (Apr. 1st, 2007)

Dr. Kathleen Culhane-Pera, Associate Medical Director at WestSide Community Health Services in St. Paul, Minnesota, was awarded funding to conduct her proposed study, which is designed to develop and evaluate the effect of culturally appropriate group visits for Hmong adults with diabetes on their self-management behavior and disease outcomes. In her prior research with her Hmong patients, Dr. Culhane-Pera identified culturally-based and commonly-held beliefs about diabetes that stressed the importance of balance. The culturally appropriate group visits are designed to focus on this notion of balance, while promoting goal setting and improved self-management. Group visits are facilitated by lay health leaders and healthcare professionals who are Hmong and/or speak Hmong. Study participants will be recruited from the patient population at WestSide Community Health Services and will participate in the monthly group visits for six months.

Information can be found here: http://www.midwestclinicians.org/files/news/April%202007_Final.pdf.

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