UAMS Researchers Receive $2.1 Million to Help Marshallese Community Manage Diabetes

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - Medical researchers received almost $2.1 million to help the Marshallese community in Northwest Arkansas better manage diabetes. 

A research team at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will use the money to study ways to improve diabetes self-management among Marshallese families. 

Northwest Arkansas is home to the largest Marshallese population in the U.S., and the rate of diabetes in the Marshallese community is 400 percent higher than the general population.

UAMS Northwest Vice Chancellor Peter Kohler, M.D. says "We're going to work closely with the Marshallese and their families to try to do counseling, self-education with them, with regard to their diet and exercise and all the things that are healthy to prevent diabetes from occurring."  Jellesen Rubon-Chutaro, community outreach coordinator at the UAMS Research Department adds, "With everybody in the household being educated it'll give the person with diabetes more support from the family."

The $2.1 million for the research came from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.  The Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, and the Gaps in Services to the Marshallese Task Force will also contribute to the study.

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