About Wisdom, Power, Control


photograph of familyWhy was Wisdom, Power, Control developed?

Type 2 diabetes is a health problem affecting African Americans, who have double the rate of diabetes than that of Whites. Culturally sensitive diabetes self-management education is a strategy to best reach minority populations. However, programs tailored for African Americans with diabetes are limited. Given this need, Wisdom, Power, Control was developed for African Americans, especially for those who are least likely to have access to health services. Through funding support from the USDA National Institutes of Food and Agriculture, a demonstration project will be conducted in 2013 to evaluate the efficacy of Wisdom, Power, Control.

Who developed Wisdom, Power, Control?

Wisdom, Power, Control was developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. This agency’s central mission is to improve the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education. To this end, AgriLife Extension offers an array of health promotion programs that are available to its statewide constituents and community partners.

Who oversees Wisdom, Power, Control?

Dr. Ninfa Peña-Purcell, PhD, MCHES, is the lead author and project director for Wisdom, Power, Control. RESUME for Dr. Purcell (PDF-opens new window)""

Gloria Fernandez-Van Zante, MS, MPH, RD, LD Extension Agent, is co-author and nutrition advisor.

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Last updated: July 8, 2015


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