Annie L. Nguyen, PhD, MPH
Program in Geriatrics
Department of Family Medicine
University of California, Irvine
Building 200, Suite 835
101 City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Annie L. Nguyen, PhD, MPH
Pilot Study: “Behaviors related to diabetes management among elderly Latino patients seen at a federally qualified health center. ” (2013-2014)
Pilot Study Mentors: Laura A. Mosqueda, MD, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, UC Irvine; Melanie W. Gironda, PhD, MSW, Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UC Irvine; and Alison A. Moore, MD, MPH, Division of Geriatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Nguyen obtained her doctorate in Public and Community Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, her Masters in Public Health from Dartmouth College, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Nguyen’s research interests are in social determinants of health and health disparities with a focus on the aging population, and her training and experience draws upon community-engaged approaches. She was the recipient of a NIH National Institute on Aging funded Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award while a doctoral student that supported her dissertation research on successful aging among Chinese and Hmong elders living in the Milwaukee area.
Pilot Study Description
Dr. Nguyen’s primary goal is to
perform a pilot evaluation of diabetic patients and the impact of their participation in Health Connectors, a coordination program at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Orange County, California, that aims to provide these patients with access to free or low-cost community resources, such as exercise programs and cooking classes that will help them better manage their condition. Physicians at this health center refer their patients to Health Connectors if they feel their patient may benefit from help with lifestyle changes, and the majority of the patients seen at this clinic are Hispanic and Spanish-speaking.
Dr. Nguyen’s secondary goal is to generate preliminary data on the social context of diabetes care in the patient population by exploring correlations between diabetes self-management behaviors and social network characteristics. The specific aims are to determine: 1) The impact of participation in the Health Connectors program on patient self-efficacy and diabetes self-management behaviors, and 2) The relationship between specific diabetes self-management behaviors and the size and quality of kin and non-kin networks.
This project will recruit patients from the Health Connectors program who are age 65 or over, self-identify as Hispanic, speaking English and/or Spanish, and not a new patient. At initial recruitment, patients will be given a survey to assess demographic information, self-efficacy, social network characteristics, and diabetes self-management behaviors. The same survey will be given to participants at 3 month follow-up in order to detect changes over time.