Journal of Community Health

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 23–26 | Cite as

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

  • Karen J. Coleman
  • Andrea Yoder Clark
  • Maggie Shordon
  • Leticia L. Ocana
  • Chris Walker
  • Rachel A. Araujo
  • Jesica Oratowski-Coleman
  • Athena Philis-Tsimikas
Original Paper


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 development Peer mentoring Diabetes 



Funding for this study was received from The California Endowment, the Legler Benbough Foundation, and the Alliance Health Care Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen J. Coleman
    • 1
  • Andrea Yoder Clark
    • 2
  • Maggie Shordon
    • 1
  • Leticia L. Ocana
    • 3
  • Chris Walker
    • 3
  • Rachel A. Araujo
    • 3
  • Jesica Oratowski-Coleman
    • 4
  • Athena Philis-Tsimikas
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Research and EvaluationSouthern California Permanente Medical GroupPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Yoder Clark ConsultingSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Scripps Whittier Diabetes InstituteLa JollaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Family and Preventive MedicineUniversity of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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