Sí, Yo Puedo was developed as a strategy to best reach Hispanic/Latinos with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a national concern for Hispanic/Latinos, especially among those with limited access to health-care resources. Prior research has shown that delivering a diabetes self-management education program in a culturally meaningful manner is more likely to yield positive health outcomes. Key features of this type of programming include providing instruction in Spanish with bilingual class leaders, involving family members and emphasizing cultural dietary preferences. In addition to this approach, a central aim of Sí, Yo Puedo is to empower Hispanic/Latinos to successfully manage their diabetes. Through Sí, Yo Puedo, we anticipate improvements in diabetes knowledge, diabetes self-care habits, self-confidence, and quality of life. Together, these health enhancements will likely lead to better blood glucose control.
Who developed Sí, Yo Puedo?
Sí, Yo Puedo 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 Sí, Yo Puedo?
Dr. Ninfa Peña-Purcell, PhD, MCHES, is the lead author and project director for Sí, Yo Puedo. RESUME for Dr. Purcell (PDF-opens new window)
Gloria Fernandez-Van Zante, MS, MPH, RD, LD Extension Agent, is co-author and nutrition advisor.
Last updated: July 9, 2015