Health & Medicine

January 6, 2013

CSUS gets grant targeting diabetes among Hmong

The first $200,713 portion of a $780,449 federal grant is headed to California State University, Sacramento, to help the college reach members of the Hmong community who may be at risk for advanced cases of diabetes.

Upon arriving in the United States, the Hmong had little familiarity with diabetes and, consequently, are considered more likely to postpone treatment.

At the advanced stage, called T2DM (Type 2 diabetes mellitus), patients are at risk of heart disease, kidney failure, vision loss and damage to nerves in the feet or legs.

The grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities was announced by the office of U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento.

The funding will, among other things, provide for community health care workers to conduct home visits and help clients navigate the health care system and get proper services, said project manager Dian Lorene Baker, a CSUS professor.

Baker characterized the program as an example of CSUS reaching out to the Hmong community and working to reduce disparities.

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