Journal of Community Health

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 23–26

Teen Peer Educators and Diabetes Knowledge of Low-Income Fifth Grade Students


    • Department of Research and EvaluationSouthern California Permanente Medical Group
  • Andrea Yoder Clark
    • Yoder Clark Consulting
  • Maggie Shordon
    • Department of Research and EvaluationSouthern California Permanente Medical Group
  • Leticia L. Ocana
    • Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute
  • Chris Walker
    • Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute
  • Rachel A. Araujo
    • Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute
  • Jesica Oratowski-Coleman
    • Department of Family and Preventive MedicineUniversity of California at San Diego
  • Athena Philis-Tsimikas
    • Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10900-010-9276-z

Cite this article as:
Coleman, K.J., Clark, A.Y., Shordon, M. et al. J Community Health (2011) 36: 23. doi:10.1007/s10900-010-9276-z


The current study was designed to evaluate a unique adolescent peer type 2 diabetes mellitus (Type 2 DM) prevention training program for fifth grade children. Peer educators were 22 high school students who participated in the Elementary Institute of Science’s Commission on Science that Matters, a year-long program promoting active participation in the health and environmental sciences. Peer education was delivered in the form of a two hour health fair. A knowledge survey was given to fifth grade students in the classroom before the health fair began and then again in the classroom after the health fair. Fifth grade students were able to correctly identify Type 1 DM (23 vs. 40%; P < .01), Type 2 DM (21 vs. 52%; P < .001), and the signs of diabetes (10 vs. 39%; P < .001) after the health fair. This approach could be inexpensively integrated into any community-based health promotion with children and adolescents.


Youth developmentPeer mentoringDiabetes

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