The Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease team engages with the community in research to better understand significant health issues that exist, while also providing resources for those facing health disparities. Through the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) programs, the team works to improve patient-centered care and outcomes for individuals from diverse populations adversely impacted by Type 2 diabetes.
Family-Based Self Management
Type 2 diabetes is a long-term health concern among people from the Marshall Islands. Through the standard and family-based model of diabetes self-management education and support programs, research staff worked with Marshallese people living in Arkansas to develop a diabetes education program that includes personal stories and analogies common in Marshallese culture.Learn More
Through the Diabetes Prevention Program, our research staff works with Marshallese churches and community organizations to study a culturally-adapted program designed to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes, such as culturally-appropriate healthy eating habits and regular physical activity to determine the best preventative measures to combat diabetes.Learn More
Our team works to reduce Type 2 diabetes among food insecure families through specialized food delivery and education.Learn More
News & Success Stories
UAMS Restores Vision and Hope for 21 Marshallese Patients
The Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute at UAMS hosted “The Gift of Sight” on April 24 to perform cataract surgery for 21 Marshallese patients from Northwest Arkansas.Read Full Story
UAMS Diabetes Study Gets $400,000 to Meet COVID-19 Restrictions
COVID-19 hit as UAMS’ Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA, and her research team were starting a major study comparing diabetes education interventions with diverse populations.Read Full Story
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North Street Clinic
The UAMS Health North Street Clinic is a free clinic for Marshallese patients. Find information the North Street Clinic in English and Marshallese.Learn More
Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease Team
Meet our Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease staff.Meet Our Team