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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3182464fc0
Lay Health Promoters/Community Health Workers

Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit: A Community Health Worker Program to Prevent Vision Loss and Blindness Among People With Diabetes

Ammary-Risch, Neyal J. MPH, MCHES; Aguilar, Marcela MHS; Goodman, Laura Saunders MPH, RD; Quiroz, Leslie MA

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Abstract

Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States and disproportionately affects Hispanics/Latinos. This article provides an overview of the Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit, a culturally and linguistically appropriate resource designed for community health workers to educate people with diabetes about eye health complications. The toolkit provides science-based, easy-to-understand information that can be used to conduct interactive, educational sessions about diabetes and eye health, the importance of comprehensive dilated eye examinations at least once a year for people with diabetes, and other ways to prevent vision loss and blindness.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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