“Aprender a vivir” (Learn to Live) is a new Spanish-language three-part videonovela series that is being distributed online by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The distribution is part of HHS’ wide range of activities to celebrate National Minority Health Month. This videonovela features messages to aid people in comparing their treatment options to find a regimen that is best suited for them.
“Aprender a vivir” shares the story of Don Felipe, who is the head of the Jiménez family, has type 2 diabetes, and who is having a hard time managing his disease. The series shows how Don Felipe, with his family, learns and comes to understand that he needs to speak with his health care providers about his options and what to do instead of skipping medications. Low health literacy, poor patient-provider communication, cultural barriers and other factors are some can cause people with type 2 diabetes to have problems adhering to medication schedules. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that, in 2007-2009, nearly 12 Hispanics 20 or older have been diagnosed with diabetes. AHRQ data show that Hispanics were more likely as non-Hispanic whites to be admitted to a hospital for uncontrolled diabetes without complications in 2008. “Aprende a vivir is an entertaining way to model and reinforce healthy behaviors without lecturing,” said Ileana Ponce-Gonzales, MD, AHRQ’s Spanish-language spokesperson. “The videonovela as an educational tool is beneficial for individual consumers, patients, clinicians, promoters de salud, educators and advocates to improve the quality of care and patient safety of people living with diabetes.” To watch the series, visit AHRQ’s Healthcare 411 Web site. Viewers of “Aprende a vivir” also have the option of selecting captions in Spanish or English.
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) currently has projects that deal with diabetes and some of its secondary conditions. These projects include:
- Development of a Robust Sensory Feedback System for Persons with Lower-Limb Sensory Deficits. Mountain View, CA. H133S110053.
- RRTC on Psychiatric Disability and Co-occurring Medical Conditions. Chicago, IL. H133B100028.
- Addressing Self-Management Skills through Electronic Gaming: Meeting the Needs of Underserved Individuals with SCI. Ann Arbor, MI. H133G100118.
- Making Small Visual Displays Accessible to People with Vision Loss. Huntington, WV. H133G090026.
The CDC website provides information in Spanish about Diabetes, as does the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.