Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Health and Human Services
The Community Awareness for Diabetes Awareness Program has been implemented by the Central Coast YMCA Corporate office through outreach events highlighting the Diabetes Prevention Program. The rates of prediabetes are shockingly high not only in the United States, but here in Monterey County where the rate of prediabetic citizens is 18 percent higher than the rest of the country. When considering the major factors that contribute to creating this problem, the lack of education surrounding prediabetes and its effects, low levels of physical activity and lack of access to affordable fruits and vegetables are at the top of the list. This project has been designed to discover specific populations that are not benefitting from the health programs offered by the YMCA by utilizing basic surveys defining the level of success of each event. The expected outcome is to bolster participant and cohort numbers in communities that display the most need. The project has produced minimal results uncovering specific populations in need of prediabetes education, as the collection of data is still underway. Continued YMCA participation in administering these questionnaires at outreach events to collect more data is suggested to maximize the level of success the program has to offer. It is also recommended that this agency appoint a staff member to head this position and continue to modify the surveys to yield pertinent data to uncover underrepresented populations in need.
Louthen, Brendan Greer, "Community Outreach for Diabetes Awareness" (2018). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 360.