Document Type

Service Learning/Capstone Experience

Graduation Date

12-2017

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Department

Health Promotion

First Committee Member

Dr. Patrik Johansson

Second Committee Member

Elizabeth Lyden

Third Committee Member

Laura McDougall

Fourth Committee Member

Vicki Duey

Abstract

Through the 2011 Community Health Needs Assessment, the Four Corners Health Department has identified type II diabetes mellitus as one of the communities top concerns within their communities. The goals of this project were: to develop a survey to assess the state of current practices of primary care providers on type II diabetes mellitus in the health department district, to identify primary care providers views on prevention, treatment, and management of type II diabetes mellitus in the health department district, and to examine primary care providers and local health department’s views on how primary care and public health can be integrated. In order to accomplish these goals, a survey was developed to collect and disseminate data on primary care provider’s perspectives on type II diabetes mellitus to the appropriate stakeholders. A literature review was conducted to determine how primary care and public health could collaborate on diabetes mellitus management interventions. This project was indicated by the Four Corners Health Department as a priority for the communities within their district. The results of the project may provide data for the primary care clinics, health department, and communities to improve the diabetes mellitus prevention, treatment, management, and referral efforts.

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