Clinical Trial Launched to Help Stop Diabetes Epidemic in Chinese Americans

Chinese Americans are 1.6 times more likely than European Americans to develop type 2 diabetes. Since San Francisco has one of the oldest and largest Chinese communities in the U.S., UCSF is helping to test the effectiveness of culturally specific diabetes management programs for Chinese Americans.

Among other criteria, participants must be first-generation Chinese, at least 21 years of age, Cantonese-speaking, and have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. The principal investigator of this four-year, $1 million NIH grant is Dr. Catherine “Kit” Chesla, RN, DNSc, FAAN in the UCSF School of Nursing. The University of San Francisco, Donaldina Cameron House and North East Medical Services are collaborative partners in this study. UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center Educator Gloria Yee, RN, CDE serves on the Community Advisory Board. Stated Gloria, “What impresses me the most are the people involved. From the principal and co-principal investigators, community leaders and representatives, to the actual counselors, everyone is working together cohesively because of their passion for this endeavor!” In addition to Gloria’s involvement, Diabetes Teaching Center Co-Founder Peggy Huang, RN, CDE is a consultant on the grant and has been featured in study materials including an educational video. For more information, contact (415) 476-3889. [ SF Chronicle story ]   [ClinicalTrials.Gov ]