University of Minnesota Extension staff in health and nutrition are planning, piloting, and documenting adaptations to Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes® (or I CAN Prevent Diabetes), a diabetes prevention program. The adaptations are to make the program culturally relevant for Somali and Spanish-speaking populations, while maintaining content- and principle-based fidelity and ensuring intended outcomes and impacts.
Through this 2-year project, the I CAN Prevent Diabetes course is being implemented in two different cultural communities in southwestern Minnesota:
- The Latino community in Worthington.
- The Somali community in Willmar.
This project involves different levels of collaboration. At the state level, Extension Health and Nutrition is collaborating with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to fund the work and actively support the research. At the local level, SNAP-Ed educators are collaborating with partners to host I CAN Prevent Diabetes and help reduce barriers to participation. The following are key partners to making the pilot classes possible:
- Adult Basic Education
- Area YMCAs
- ReYou Wellness program of Rice Memorial Hospital
- Worthington Regional Healthcare Foundation
- Local public health
Minnesota Department of Health is partially funding the project, with their funding largely supporting the research portion of the Somali adaptation. The rest of the project is support by the SNAP-Ed grant and other funds. This project began in Spring 2015. MDH funding is expected through June 2016. Project completion is estimated for Spring 2017.