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Discuss the educational strategies you would use to develop a community teaching plan to address the reduction of risk and promotion of health in the above situation in your community. Which groups would you target? How would you evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching? I have decided to use Diabetes in the Low Country Gullah-Geechee Community of South Carolina. This is a serious problem in my area in all African-Americans but especially those of Gullah descent. Genetics and culture have been linked to the high incidence of Diabetes among this community. It is important to address this community through their community leaders. These leaders include clergy, community leaders, Queen Quet (spokeswoman for the Gullah-Geechee community, local witch doctors, Hoodoo practitioners, root doctors, clinics and schools. Gullah- Geechee community members speak Gullah (a creole based English mixed with Afrikaan) . It is important to reach out to these people using their language and their leaders. The local community is privy to a few Gullah-Geechee physicians and nurses who have remained in the area. I would call upon these professionals for assistance in creating and promoting a diabetes awareness program for the community. A program would include screenings for sugar diabetes, nutrition utilizing local foods, ways to increase exercise and movement, and include incorporation of religious tenets of the Gullah community. Effectiveness of teaching would be demonstrated by follow up screenings of blood sugars, increased involvement in community activities promoting diabetes awareness and an acceptance of interventions by the community leaders. Welcome to reach us sea-ceed . (2009). Retrieved from Medical University of South Carolina: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/reach/index.htm The In the previous week I addressed African Americans and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, however, my target group this week are Latino Americans in the urban setting. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Hispanics living in the US. Contributing factors are a high incidence of hyperlipidemia, obesity, and hypertension. Approximately 50% of Hispanic males are undiagnosed hypertensives. Developing a plan that reaches the community at their level is imperative. Education material must be in lay terms and attractive to the eye so individuals will want to read it. All material must be available in Spanish. The people of the community would react better and have a tendency to trust healthcare professionals more who look like them. Hispanics hold qualities like trust and respect in very high regard. This is one of the reasons why Hispanics are reluctant to seek out healthcare because they do not know or trust the Anglo healthcare professional. If
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