The Concerns Of Hispanic Diabetics And The National Clas Standards
In recent years, San Bernardino County has experienced a 71% increase in the incidence of diabetes among Hispanic residents countywide (California Department of Public Health, 2014). With more than 50% of the residents self-identifying as Hispanic (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015), the health care services in the county must be culturally and linguistically appropriate to the meet the needs of this growing Hispanic population (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health [HHS], 2013). The public health nurses employed throughout the county provide much of the diabetic education and follow up for the Hispanic diabetic community. Employed by Sea Crest Health Organization, Jan Sutter RN is a nurse educator, working primarily with the Hispanic diabetic population in San Bernardino County. Throughout her career, Jan has worked to improve the health equity and literacy of those she serves by incorporating the CLAS standards in her interactions with patients and families. In discussing cultural and linguistic strategies and issues related to diabetes education of the Hispanic population, Jan had much to say.
Strategies Addressing Hispanic Diabetics
When asked to describe some of the strategies that Sea Crest uses to address the needs of the Hispanic diabetic patients Jan started with the organization as a whole. She explained the dedication that the organization has towards…