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The purpose of this study was to assess the health needs of Montgomery County and determine which populations are at a greater risk for diabetes. The research looked at evidence-based diabetes outreach programs geared towards those populations and how they can be implemented in Montgomery County. Methods: The Montgomery County Community Health Assessment 2010 was examined. The assessment was conducted using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Ohio Department of Health Data Warehouse, Ohio Department of Health Vital Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association hospital discharge data, Dayton Children’s Medical Center’s Child Health Assessment Report, and the Ohio Disease Reporting System. Results: The Montgomery County Community Health Assessment 2010 identified Blacks as having more poor health than Whites. Diabetes was identified as one of the top leading causes of death in Montgomery County. This shows that there is a significant need for diabetes education programs, especially for African Americans. Several evidence-based diabetes outreach programs targeted for the African American population were researched and analyzed. Conclusions: Results suggest the effectiveness of evidence based diabetes in regards to dietary self-management intervention improving the outcomes for African Americans.

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