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Title: Partners Reducing Effects of Diabetes: Initiatives through Collaboration & Teamwork (PREDICT)
Status: Completed
Topic: Diabetes / Insulin Resistance;Faith-based
Funding Source: Connecticut Health Foundation
Funding Period: 1/03 – 12/06
Study Design: Community-based Intervention Trial
Purpose: PREDICT was a 3-year collaborative project with the African-American faith-based communities in New Haven and Bridgeport, CT designed to reduce diabetes, and its complications, in those communities.
Further Study Details: In Year 1 of the project, focus groups were conducted to identify knowledge, attitudes, barriers, and determinants of optimal diabetes prevention and management. Community audits were conducted to identify resources within the communities to support the project initiatives. During year 2, the project partnership team applied the findings of year 1 to the development of a tailored community program for New Haven, with Bridgeport serving as the control site. Identified communities in Bridgeport received the intervention, tailored to their needs, the following year. In year 3, the New Haven program was evaluated and the PREDICT partners worked to identify ways in which the successful elements and strategies
of the project could be sustained.
Findings: This controlled trial demonstrated the feasibility of reducing diabetes risk and complications in an urban African-American community using the Community Health Advisor (CHA) model in a Community-based Participatory Research intervention. This study showed that the training program for the CHAs was efficacious. Diabetes knowledge scores of the CHAs improved significantly in New Haven as a result of the 10-week training session. Participants in New Haven exhibited improvements in outcome measures showing a significant improvement in diabetic knowledge from baseline to follow-up. Body mass index decreased from baseline to follow-up among New Haven participants, although not significantly. The results indicate that the intervention group significantly improved their diabetic knowledge, and limited their intake of total calories and trans fats. The CHA model appeared to be a feasible pathway of enhancing diabetic knowledge among the African-American community.
Eligibility: African-American adults diagnosed with or at risk for developing diabetes.

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