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National grant to combat diabetes in Sacramento’s Hmong community


Sacramento State has received the first $200,713 of a $780,449 grant to help members of the city’s Hmong community receive better treatment for advanced cases of diabetes. The grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities was announced by Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s office.

After the Vietnam War, the Hmong who settled in the U.S. were not familiar with type 2 diabetes. This can lead to disproportionate rates among the Hmong of heart disease, kidney failure, loss of vision and damage to the peripheral nervous system, such as nerves in the feet or legs.

The grant will, among other things, provide for community healthcare workers to conduct home visits and help clients navigate the healthcare system and get proper services, Professor Dian Lorene Baker, project manager, said in a news release.

The project is a community-based participatory research partnership overseen by a community advisory board whose members are of Hmong descent and include healthcare workers and community leaders.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the Hmong community to do research and outreach within the community,” Baker said in the release.

For information on the program, call Baker at 916-278-7243.


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