Stanford Youth Diabetes Coaches Program ©
Changing Lives: The Power of the SYDCP
To address the growing problem of diabetes and diabetes complications, especially in underserved communities, and to empower youth in the community to make positive changes in their own lives to prevent chronic illness, we created an innovative course training high school students to become diabetes self-management coaches for their diabetic family members and friends. This unique course in which high school students take on the responsibility of helping improve the lives of their family members and friends is designed to give students an important role in community health. The goal of the program is to improve the health of diabetes patients as well as empower students and encourage healthy behaviors.
The course consists of eight weekly, highly structured classes. For each class, there is an accompanying script for instructors, power point presentation, quiz for students, and weekly coaching assignment (available in English and Spanish). In addition to teaching basic diabetes knowledge, the course includes rigorous instruction on nutrition, healthy meal planning, physical activity, healthy weight maintenance, stress reduction, and developing partnerships with healthcare providers. The course emphasizes communication skills, problem solving techniques, and goal setting through action plans.
The course is part of an ongoing Stanford research study that examines the effectiveness of the program by giving pre-tests to students before the first class and post-tests after the last class. Based on the pilot work with this program,training adolescents to become diabetes self-management coaches for their diabetic family members appears to be a highly effective method for increasing diabetes awareness among adolescents.
The Stanford clinical professor of medicine was honored for her efforts to help low-income communities. Nancy Morioka-Douglas, MD, clinical professor of medicine, has received the Dr. Augustus A. White and Family Faculty Professionalism Award.
Each gift will support research in the development and evaluation of school based, health education programs that provide effective, sustainable, and reproducible benefit to students and families in under resourced communities.