Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health and Human Services


In Monterey County, diabetes is a looming threat to the health and well being of the population, with nearly-half diagnosed with either diabetes or pre-diabetes. According to the UCLA Center for Health and Policy Research (2016), 45% of its citizens are estimated to be pre-diabetic and 12% diabetic. The Central Coast YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) seeks to prevent the development of diabetes by aiding pre-diabetic patients make a lifestyle change and become healthier through a one-year program. However, not all individuals participating in the program are able to make the lifestyle change and succeed. Food insecurity, among other socioeconomic factors can affect the DPP participants and lower their success rate within the program. Therefore, DPP implemented “Connections for a Healthier You,” an educational resource guide to connect participants with services in the community. “Connections for a Healthier You” was provided to four classes in the DPP. Four weeks after participants received it, they were provided a survey that assessed the effectiveness of the resource guide. In which, 56% of participants reported utilizing one or more services listed and 94% of participants reported the guide was beneficial to their experience. In the future the agency should provide the guide to all incoming participants in their second session, to allow participants to fully utilize the guide. Additionally, the agency should appoint an individual to supervise the distribution and continually update the guide to meet the needs of participants.

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