The CHW intervention will consist of both individual and optional group sessions with YA-URMs with T1D. In individual sessions, CHWs will provide T1D technology education, peer support, and social needs management. Over the 9-month study period, session frequency will involve weekly individual sessions based on participant technology milestones and an optional monthly CHW-led peer group support session. CHW individual and group sessions will be held via videoconferencing or in person, per participant preference and institutional COVID-19 rules.
As defined by the CDC, a CHW is “a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of a community or who has a thorough understanding of the community being served, and leverages this unique position to link health systems, social services, and communities”. CHWs engender trust with patients by having direct community and lived experience, offering specific support and empathy that may be difficult for other diabetes care professionals to provide. In addition, CHWs have firsthand understanding of cultural barriers to traditional western healthcare and can promote patient-centered culturally-relevant care. They enhance team-based care by helping providers with extra outreach, social needs management, time-consuming tasks, and aligning patient-provider priorities.
CHWs in this project will provide social needs assessment and management, introduction to diabetes technologies, and support for onboarding to technology.
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