Participants in the PLDSMS arm will receive 10 hours of diabetes self-management education (DSME) with a certified diabetes care and education specialist. This group will then transition into monthly 90-minute diabetes self-management support (DSMS) with trained peer leaders for 6 months. After the DSMS sessions, the group will transition into 6 months of ongoing support and will be encouraged to continue DSMS through initiatives that are important to them.
While the effectiveness of peer-led interventions delivering diabetes-related education and support for short-term clinical, psychosocial, and behavioral improvements is well-established, older Black men in particular are less likely to participate and are at a higher risk of drop-out from these studies. This intervention aims to determine if using older Black men as peer leaders to other older Black men will improve retention rates for this population.
Behavioral: Diabetes Self-Management Education
Participants will attend 10 hours of virtual group diabetes self-management education classes led by a certified diabetes care and education specialist through the online HIPPA compliant Zoom platform.
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