Border Health Project Analysis

543 Words3 Pages

“Hispanic Americans are now the largest and fastest growing minority in the United States, with an estimated growth from 30 million in 1998 and 97 million by 2050. In 2000, approximately 2 million of the 30 million Hispanic Americans were diagnosed with diabetes. “(Cohen et al.2005) Even though Hispanic Americans, especially Mexican Americans, have a higher tendency to have diabetes due to genetic factors, the main cause of this chronic disease is the socioeconomic inequities that affect this population in the United States. The U.S.-Mexico border has caught the attention of researchers through the years not only because the prevalent population, Mexican American, has high rates of poverty and unemployment, but also because the prevalence of diabetes in the Arizona-Sonora border is twice that of the rest of the country. (Staten et al. 2005) Creating culturally tailored chronic disease prevention programs is important to target this specific community that has distinct needs. …show more content…

A big part of the grant money was invested in creating a unique project which purpose is to involve community agencies that could work directly with this culturally complex community. The name of the project was The Border Health Strategic Initiative or Border Health ¡SI! (Cohen et al. 2005) However, the evaluation of this initiative showed the need to enhance it by implementing promotores (health workers) that could educate the community and also that could interact with the University personnel. An existing curriculum was modified to fit the needs of the targeted community. “Su Corazón, Su Vida” curriculum was developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to target cardiovascular

More about Border Health Project Analysis

Open Document