Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Bill Proulx

Second Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford


In Monterey County nearly half of residents have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Monterey County is 58.3% Hispanic and studies show that Latinos are 50% more likely to die from diabetes than Whites. Therefore the Central Coast YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program seeks to prevent the development of diabetes by aiding prediabetic patients to make a lifestyle change and become healthier through a one-year program. In the United States non-English speakers often lack access to resources in their own language. With this knowledge the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program has created an educational resource to support Spanish speakers in understanding materials which are only available in English. The information was provided to Spanish speaking cohorts, where participants had the opportunity to utilize the resource and provide feedback on its effectiveness. Participants completed a written assessment on the effectiveness of the educational resource and modifications were made based on participant feedback. In the future the agency should provide this resource in all Spanish speaking cohorts, until other options are available.