Each week throughout April, in recognition of National Minority Health Month, PCORI will spotlight health conditions that disproportionately affect communities of color. One of PCORI's National Priorities for Health is to achieve health equity. As part of this mission, we will also share information about PCORI-funded studies aimed to address health disparities affecting underrepresented communities. Please check back as we highlight different health conditions and PCORI-funded projects. Click here to learn more about National Minority Health Month.


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Diabetes is a chronic health condition that can lead to health complications such as heart disease, chronic kidney disease, nerve damage, and other problems with feet, oral health, vision, hearing, and mental health. About 37 million Americans live with diabetes, and about one in five people with the condition don’t know they have it.

Native Americans are more likely to have diabetes than any other racial group in the United States. But many Native American adults can’t get the care they need. In a PCORI-funded study, the research team wanted to learn if an at-home diabetes education program for the Navajo Nation improved health and healthcare use.

Developed in partnership with the Navajo Community Health Representative Program and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, the program was carried out by community health representatives from the Navajo community who reviewed patient’s symptoms, shared information, and gave support as part of the clinic healthcare team. Learn more about this study and discover what it found.

To learn more about PCORI’s patient-centered on diabetes, click here.

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