Community Health Center Access to Resources for their Patients with Diabetes
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Community health center providers and staff access to resources for their Latino and non-Latino patients with diabetes is unknown. We analyzed survey data from 577 community health center providers and staff who manage diabetes from 85 sites across 10 Midwestern states. Respondents were labeled as high proportion (HP) providers if >25 % of their site’s diabetes population was Latino. HP providers were more likely than non-HP providers to have access to physician’s assistants (71 vs. 58 %) and certified diabetes educators (61 vs. 51 %), but less access to endocrinologists (25 vs. 35 %) (p < 0.05). HP providers had greater access to Spanish-speaking providers (48 vs. 26 %), on-site interpreters (83 vs. 59 %), culturally tailored diabetes education programs (64 vs. 26 %), and community outreach programs (77 vs. 52 %) (p < 0.05). Providers at HP sites reported greater access to a range of personnel and culturally tailored programs. However, increased access to these services is needed across all sites.
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- 1. Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, 5841 S. Maryland Ave. MC 2007, Chicago, IL, 60637, USA
- 2. College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
- 3. MidWest Clinicians’ Network, Lansing, MI, USA
- 4. University of Evansville, Evansville, IN, USA
- 5. North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA
- 6. Department of Health Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
- 7. Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
- 8. Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska, Gering, NE, USA