Steering Wheel of Self-Management

This resources uses a steering wheel metaphor to help patients feel empowered to manage their diabetes successfully. Handouts are available in Spanish and English.

March 15, 2021 · PDF, Video


2024 Diabetes Calendars

NEW! 2024 Calendars with photos and information about healthy eating and diabetes. In Amharic, Arabic, Dari, Khmer, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya & Vietnamese.

December 23, 2020 · PDF


Diabetes in the Somali Community: Recommendations for Educators

Information for diabetes educators about diabetes in the Somali refugee community, featuring information about religion, traditional diet and cultural beliefs, recommendations for providers and links to patient education resources.

December 18, 2015 · Article


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Communicating with Diabetic and pre-Diabetic Somali Patients

A concise guide from WellShare International about having the conversation of diabetes with Somali patients. Topics include Somali cultural foods and how to adapt them to be healthier, suggested questions to ask patients about their diets, and some cultural and medical information that providers should know.

June 21, 2013 · PDF


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“Making Ends Meet” Multicultural Waist Circumference Ribbons

Pre-cut waist ribbons can be used by health educators at public settings such as health fairs, clinics and gyms to help people self-screen for risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

November 1, 2010 · Article


Diabetes in the Eritrean and Ethiopian Community: Recommendations for Educators

Article addressing some of the unique cultural factors in the Eritrean and Ethiopian immigrant communities of Seattle that impact diabetes self-management.

June 1, 2010 · Article


Muslim Religious Observances and Diabetes

Information about fasting practices, and recommendations for providers caring for diabetic patients during times of fasting. Includes recommendations related to medication management.

January 1, 2010 · Article


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Hyperlipidemia: Diet, Education & Health Promotion for Somali Refugees

This article discusses the lay and medical terms used for hypertension in Somali language and their influence on patients’ understanding of the disease.

September 1, 2008 · Article


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Diabetes in Cambodian Americans

Information about how diabetes is understood and managed by participants in a diabetes education class at Harborview Medical Center.

February 1, 2006 · Article


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Process and Practice of Cross Cultural Education for Vietnamese and Ethiopian Diabetes Patients

An article about an effort to develop and translate culturally appropriate educational diabetes materials, and educate a diverse population.

June 1, 2002 · Article