Beginning in 2011, LaVERDAD was asked by the Ohio Department of Health to help better understand attitudes, perceptions, behaviors and beliefs of high risk populations for Gestational Diabetes.
The goals are to identify women’s knowledge about the long term implications of having GDM, obtain information about and possible barriers to having a post-partum visit and screening and test educational messages in order to develop messages to which women will best respond.
We conducted focus groups with women of reproductive age who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes within the past ten years. The women represent high risk populations (African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Appalachian).
The women who participated gained knowledge about the disease, how to prevent it, and be compensated for their time. The research allowed the client to gain valuable insights into developing statewide programs to prevent type 2 diabetes and help to ensure that Ohio women and babies are healthy.