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How Foods Affect Blood Sugar: A Guide for Ethiopian and Eritrean Patients with Diabetes - Amharic/English

Author(s): Mei Yook Woo
Contributor(s): Yodit Wongelemengist; Charlotte Neilson; Karen Conger; Bogale Demse; Tsehay Haile; Gammada Sani Abraham; Tsega Woldetatios; Phalla Kith; Dawn Corl; Mohammed Abdul-Kadir
Date Authored: July 13, 2016
Funding for this education was provided by the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority.
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PDF (129 slides) This presentation is intended to be used by clinicians during discussion with patients about carbohydrates and blood glucose. It is culturally tailored to reflect foods commonly consumed by Ethiopian and Eritrean Americans and includes photos of foods, meal comparisons, and portion sizes.

Harborview Medical Center (HMC) physician Dr. Carey Jackson identified a need for a culturally-tailored visual reference tool to use during conversations about diet with diabetic patients. 

Author Mei Yook Woo created this tool to fulfill practicum requirements for the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, Nutritional Sciences. The project was coordinated by’s student author program, Contribution Pathways. Dr. Carey Jackson served as clinical advisor. Rekha Ravindran provided program support. Harborview dietitians Charlotte Neilson and Karen Conger mentored the author during the project. Meetings were held with health care providers who work with Ethiopian/Eritrean patients. Cultural guidance was provided by caseworker / cultural mediator Yodit Wongelemengist. Many thanks to Agelegle Ethiopia restaurant in Seattle for allowing us to photograph many of the foods featured in this slideshow at their wonderful restaurant. Special thanks to these others who supported and contributed to this work: Mohammed Abdul-Kadir (ICHS), Dawn Corl (HMC), Bogale Demse (HMC), Tsehay Haile (HMC), Phalla Kith (HMC), Gammada Sani Abraham (HMC), Tsega Woldetatios (HMC).