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Diabetes Educ. 2001 Jan-Feb;27(1):94-100.

A community diabetes educator course for the unemployed in South Auckland, New Zealand.

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  • 1Department of Social Sciences, Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara, Auckland, New Zealand.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This paper describes an education program that targeted long-term unemployed people from the community and trained them to work as diabetes educators in their own communities in an attempt to address issues of cultural appropriateness.

METHODS:

Government funding was obtained to conduct two 22-week training courses for people who had been selected by their communities. These courses built on participants' existing cultural skills and provided appropriate diabetes training.

RESULTS:

The results indicate that the courses were successful both in creating a cadre of culturally acceptable diabetes educators and providing employment for course participants.

CONCLUSIONS:

Previously unemployed lay people are able to provide diabetes education in the primary prevention and group settings. Such individuals are able to incorporate extensive cultural skills in their work.

PMID:
11912620
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