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When you know better you do better: diabetes self-management among African American middle-aged and older adults

May 27, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Webinar

Join the Center for Diabetes Translation Research – Solutions to Diabetes in Black Americans Core for a webinar on Thursday, May 27th, at 10 AM CDT/11 AM EST

Presenter: Dana Carthron, PhD, RN, AGACNP-BC
Affiliation: North Carolina Central University  

Presenter Bio: Dr. Dana Carthron is an Assistant Professor in Nursing in the Department of Nursing at North Carolina Central University and a board certified Adult Gero Nurse Practitioner. She has completed fellowships at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Center for Health Equity Research, Duke University through the John A. Hartford Foundation and most recently, through the Research Implementation Science for Health Equity program funded by NHLBI. An Army veteran and native of Flint, MI she is devoted to promoting self-management practices among African Americans.

Webinar Description: Among ethnic groups in the United States, African Americans continue to be among those with notably low life expectancy and high overall rates of chronic illness, including diabetes. It is well documented that diabetes self-management decreases the severity of symptoms, slows the progression of disease trajectory and increases quality of life. However, socio-economic factors and the stress of structural racism continue to strongly influence health equity and disease disparities which, in turn, may interfere with self-management. While interventions focused on clinical targets have reduced overall disease burden, they have failed to eliminate racial and geographic disparities in diabetes. To that end, there is an urgent need for sustainable interventions devoted to increasing health equity and the self-management of diabetes in African Americans. Today’s webinar will highlight the successes and challenges of a program of research dedicated to the self-management of diabetes among African Americans — including recruitment and retention — as well as discuss next steps in practice and research.