Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College was founded in 1876 with a focus on improving the quality of life for impoverished, underserved individuals. With academics based in medical, dental, and graduate work, Meharry Medical College strives to provide excellent educational and training programs for students. The funds requested will support development and implementation of a culturally relevant diabetes support program for low-income African American women with partial salary costs, instructional and self-management tools, labs, printing, and patient travel to program activities. 20 out of 24 (83%) will exhibit reduced diabetes-related stress after these classes based on responses on the Problem Areas in Diabetes survey. 15 out of 20 (75%) will report an increase of 1 day in the number of days per week they engage in a minimum of 2 diabetes self-care behaviors after these classes based on responses from the Summary of Diabetes Self-Care Activities questionnaire. 12 of 15 (80%) will demonstrate an improvement in blood glucose of at least 0.5% after these classes based on laboratory analysis of glycosylated hemoglobin (blood glucose control over a three month period).