Archive | August 2012

Theory and Practice

It is very essential that we perform workshops in different settings such as:
in the beauty salons, senior centers, churches and prisons as the American Diabetes Association does in order to reach out to as many people as possible to bring awareness. As I conducted couple of workshops I found that some people were living with the disease and were not even aware of it. This has been evident through the ADA’s risk test that simply ask questions like:
-What is your age?
-Are you a man or a women?
-Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother with diabetes?
-If you are a woman, have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?
All the questions are measured by points in that if someone scores 5 or higher, their most likely to be at high risk for having type 2 diabetes. Then we recommend that they go to their physicians to check their A1C level.

Why Health Literacy ?

Health education is any combination of learning experiences designed to help individuals and communities improve their health, by increasing their knowledge or influencing their attitudes. Source: http://www.who.int

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death from disease.  Individuals with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular and heart disease.  More than 2500 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes each day. Living with Type 2 diabetes requires that patients develop a range of competencies that allow them to take greater control over the treatment of their disease. This requires education.

During my fieldwork experience, I had successfully created a educational brochure for insulin dependent diabetics.  Learning style and communication were key elements in communicating the health message. The  knowledge acquired in the classroom such as  how people learn in different ways,  and the ideas formulated  by the message sender not always  matching…

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