Taking a Broad Approach to Public Health Program Adaptation: Adapting a Family-Based Diabetes Education Program
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- Reinschmidt, K.M., Teufel-Shone, N.I., Bradford, G. et al. J Primary Prevent (2010) 31: 69. doi:10.1007/s10935-010-0208-6
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Diabetes health disparities among Hispanic populations have been countered with federally funded health promotion and disease prevention programs. Dissemination has focused on program adaptation to local cultural contexts for greater acceptability and sustainability. Taking a broader approach and drawing on our experience in Mexican American communities at the U.S.–Mexico Border, we demonstrate how interventions are adapted at the intersection of multiple cultural contexts: the populations targeted, the community- and university-based entities designing and implementing interventions, and the field team delivering the materials. Program adaptation involves negotiations between representatives of all contexts and is imperative in promoting local ownership and program sustainability.