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The Pasifika prediabetes youth empowerment programme (PPYEP)

Year:
2016
Duration:
43 months
Approved budget:
$999,849.98
Researchers:
Dr Tupa'ilevaililigi Ridvan Firestone
Health issue:
Diabetes
Proposal type:
Joint Research Partnership Project
Lay summary
The high prevalence rates of prediabetes among the young working age-groups of Pasifika people (18-45 years old) is alarmingly high, and if left untreated, the likelihood of developing potentially fatal long term conditions is certain. An effective intervention programme that takes on a culturally-centred approach that is led by the community and considers the social-physical-cultural realities of the environment is necessary to tackle the growing epidemic of prediabetes. Working in a collaborative partnership with Pasifika communities, we propose to implement a programme to empower Pasifika communities to lead healthier lifestyles and to live independently by undertaking: (i) an empowerment programme of young Pasifika adults (15-24 year olds) to build knowledge and impact on health of prediabetes; and (ii) utilise co-design methodology to develop a community-based intervention programme with the aim to empower behavioural lifestyle changes to reduce the prevalence of prediabetes.