In the state of Idaho, 35 percent of adults are estimated to have prediabetes, with Latinos identified as a high-risk group. Prediabetes has no symptoms, so persons may not be aware of their risk. The project team will gather information on rural Latinos’ knowledge, preferences, social media use, solutions, and desired outcomes associated with prediabetes and use the information obtained to develop a statewide social media campaign focused on prediabetes awareness for Latinos. The team’s long-term objective is to increase the amount of research conducted with Latinos as partners that focuses on awareness of Latinos to prevent prediabetes from progressing to diabetes and its sequelae. This will be accomplished by discussions with key stakeholders and group discussions with Latinos and their families statewide, followed by the development of a social media campaign.
To ensure that the work extends beyond the local area, the project team will expand the advisory group to include stakeholders (e.g., clinicians, policy makers, advocacy groups, community-based entities) that will meet monthly via conference call or web meeting. The team will continue to include current advisory board members and add new support members.