Essay by chris6878B+, January 2010

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Needs AssessmentIn the United States alone, according to the National Diabetes Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Outpatient Database of Indian Health Service (IHS), The U.S. Renal Data System of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Census Bureau, shows an estimate of 23.6 million people, with 17.9 million diagnosed, and 5.7 million unaware of the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. (CDC, 2007, p.5)As the United States multicultural increasingly grows, lifestyle has shifted to be less healthy, which leads to obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, a major health issue for many ethic and racial groups. This multicultural group diet, may have consisted of plant-fish, but now the choices are more animal protein, animal fat, and processed carbohydrates. There is more consumption of sweets which contain those process carbohydrates and saturated fat, and less physical activity that is exercised, according to reports from NIH.

With the United States becoming more diversified every year, there is a need for more education in prevention and control of Type 2 Diabetes in all cultures in every state through my Diabetes Prevention Program called, Diabetes Here & Now, which is geared to assist any and everyone in nutrition and exercise.

Miami-Dade population alone is approximately 2,253,362 with minorities averaging 1,787,590. (Everglades Plan, 2000) Miami-Dade county residents seek health services through hospitals, nursing homes, health clinics, and sometimes, school-based health clinics, for diabetic care and prevention. This Health Program will give communities, in the designated areas that are considered "underserved", additional help which might alleviate or slow down in-patient hospital stay, or death from this type of disease. The targeted areas will consist of Liberty City, Overtown, Brownsville, Little Haiti, and Little Havana.

Barriers and LimitationsBarriers I found that would disable my health program plan for diabetes may involve education...