Project Aims to Create Somali Educational Materials on Diabetes Control
ABC NEWS–Researchers from the University of Minnesota and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are teaming up to help Minnesota-Somali families learn more about diabetes control.
U of M physician and assistant professor Muna Sunni said in a statement that researchers have noticed Somali children have worse Type 1 diabetes control than non-Somali children, and they believe it’s from a lack of culturally-relevant education materials.
Sunni and endocrinologist Jennifer Kyllo were awarded a $200,000 grant to develop these educational materials, which will all be produced in Somali.
They will be working with parents of Somali children with diabetes to address issues like mealtime customs, religious practices and food preferences.
The money comes from the U of M’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the U of M’s Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.