Physician Assistant M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Bronson, Amy


The purpose of this research study was to utilize educational tools on healthy lifestyles in order to promote Diabetes Mellitus Type II (DMII) prevention in the Hispanic population in Worthington, Minnesota. Hispanic adults are 1.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) by a physician than non-Hispanics. Since DMII is a preventable disease, education focused on nutrition and activity will help prevent diabetes and its associated comorbidities. An educational seminar was conducted at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Worthington, Minnesota. A pretest/posttest was administered to assess the knowledge gained with the utilization of the educational tool. Despite a low sample size, the participants found the education very beneficial. On average, participants scored 2 points higher on the posttest. Possible improvements to the study for future research include discussion-based education, format changes to the pretest/posttest, and strategic promotion to increase study participation.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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Primary Care Commons