Implementation of the Community Health Assessment Program in the Philippines
This five-year study will develop and test the Community Health Assessment Program's effectiveness in decreasing the incidence of diabetes in rural communities in the Zamboanga Peninsula of the Philippines. The goal is to improve the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. Research that saves lives This program adopts elements from the Canadian Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program and includes screening, monitoring, risk assessment, lifestyle, and nutritional education interventions. Researchers will adapt it to local socio-cultural settings by means of qualitative data collection and pilot test it in selected communities during a six-month prospective study. They will then conduct a randomized control trial to determine the program's effect on the risk incidence of diabetes among community residents 40 years of age and older compared to usual care. They will perform a cost-effectiveness analysis. Finally, using an integrated knowledge translation approach, they will help ensure that others use the findings and that the program is sustainable in the Philippines and other low- and middle-income countries.