This is an Intervention

The  Indo-Guyanese population is the largest immigrant minority  group in Schenectady, New York, with 8,000 individuals constituting 12 percent  of the city’s total population. It is also a community disproportionately  affected by type 2 diabetes.

Akido Hosler, associate professor of epidemiology in the University at Albany’s School of Public Health, conducted a community-based study in Schenectady that found nearly twice the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in Indo-Guyanese adults than in the majority population of non-Hispanic white adults.

Based on those findings, she is partnering with local health services organizations and West Indian community groups to identify and implement accessible, sustainable, and culturally appropriate interventions to improve the control of diabetes among Indo-Guyanese individuals.

In a study of travel distance to proposed diabetes intervention programs, she found that having diabetes intervention at the four most popular faith-based organizations — two Hindu temples and two Christian churches — and the existing diabetes education center would provide the most collectively accessible arrangement for the Guyanese.

The Indo-Guyanese, who trace their ancestry to Indian indentured servants brought to Guyana, are one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in North America. Hosler said she and her partners anticipate that their work in Schenectady will help other communities where South Asian diasporas have settled to formulate public health action plans that address health disparities. Hosler’s work in this area was recognized with a University at Albany President’s Award for Exemplary Community Engagement in 2014.