Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 553–558

Community Health Center Access to Resources for their Patients with Diabetes

Authors

    • Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of Chicago
  • Cara A. Locklin
    • College of NursingUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
  • Amanda Campbell
    • MidWest Clinicians’ Network
  • Cynthia T. Schaefer
    • MidWest Clinicians’ Network
    • University of Evansville
  • Loretta J. Heuer
    • MidWest Clinicians’ Network
    • North Dakota State University
  • Sang Mee Lee
    • Department of Health StudiesUniversity of Chicago
  • Marla C. Solomon
    • Department of Pediatric EndocrinologyUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
  • Michael T. Quinn
    • Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of Chicago
  • J. Martin Vargas
    • Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska
  • Deborah L. Burnet
    • Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of Chicago
  • Marshall H. Chin
    • Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of Chicago
Brief Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10903-013-9775-y

Cite this article as:
Baig, A.A., Locklin, C.A., Campbell, A. et al. J Immigrant Minority Health (2014) 16: 553. doi:10.1007/s10903-013-9775-y

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Diabetes Latino Services Community health centers

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013