Describe your undergraduate research or creative project:
The growing Latino population is often plagued with a great deal of economic, social, and health needs unique to this community. Latinos have become the largest minority group in the U.S. They also bear a burden of social inequality in the U.S. suggesting that they might expect higher rates of illnesses and overall health problems. My research explores the perspectives and knowledge of type 2 diabetic patients in the urban community of Oklahoma City. The project began with a pre-survey allowing participants to self-report their attitudes and knowledge regarding diabetes. The purpose of the study was to test whether medical information provided in a populations’ native language can alter outlooks and behaviors to prevent diabetes progression and improve health. Although not generalizable, the findings provide unique insight into the knowledge, behaviors, attitudes, and perspectives about diabetes self-management and the coping of the illness in the Latino community of Oklahoma City.
Explain what you learned or give advice to fellow students:
Something that helped me through my research was thinking on all the people in my community that could be benefited from this project. Although it started as a small scale project, the impact it has had on the participants is a greater recompense. Therefore, I would say to see research as a bigger purpose than yourself.
Awards and/or presentations:
Delgado P. A., Mata, S, Undiano, R. (April 2017). A Perspective on Diabetes in the Oklahoma City Latino Community. Presented at the 2017 Health Disparities, Social Science and Humanities of Health Symposium at University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK.Delgado P. A., Mata, S, Undiano, R. (September 2017). A Perspective on Diabetes in the Oklahoma City Latino Community. Presented at the MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference, Kansas City, MODelgado P. A., Mata, S, Undiano, R. (March 2018). A Perspective on Diabetes in the Oklahoma City Latino Community. Accepted for presentation at the 23rd Annual Research Day at the Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK.