Health Care Initiatives

Juntos para el bienestar en la diabetes

The Juntos study is an NIH-funded project in its second year of implementation. Under the direction of Dr. Glenn Martinez, Director of the Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Dr. Usha Menon of the University of Arizona, this multi-site study aims to improve health outcomes for Hispanic patients with diabetes while improving the Spanish language skills and cultural understanding of Nurse Practitioner students. The study is composed of multiple phases. After taking a course on chronic care management in the Hispanic population, students are linked with Hispanic patients at a local health center who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes. Over the course of six months they coach patients in diabetes management, and within this period the students travel to Honduras for a cultural immersion experience. Through this project, the Juntos team hopes to create a sustainable educational intervention that will benefit the Hispanic population in Central Ohio and throughout the country.


Columbus Site Partners:

  • OSU Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • OSU College of Nursing
  • Heart of Ohio Family Health Center