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Somali CCM – Diabetes Navigator Program

Omar Abow is a Caseworker Cultural Mediator at Harborview Medical Center. He works in the International Medicine Clinic with Somali speaking patients.

He helps patients learn to manage their diabetes which can help avoid complications and emergency room visits. Omar uses a number of educational tools to teach his patients about diabetes management. In collaboration with nutritionists, he helps patients choose culturally relevant foods. When a patient can choose foods that are culturally relevant, this helps with compliance, leading to better health outcomes.