Physician Assistant M.S.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Gibas, Kelly

Second Reader

Mohamed Adan


This project aims to support Somali patients at Axis Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN by providing education on the link between diet and blood glucose level as well as the impact of that on the disease progression of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). Axis Medical Center serves many Somali immigrant patients. Due to the language barrier between the Somali patients and clinicians as well as the low health literacy amongst the Somali patients, an eight minute educational video with visual aids was created to facilitate diabetes education in this population. In the educational video, a Somali PA-C explains the pathophysiology of T2D to a patient with a new diagnosis of T2D in Somali. Diet modifications as well as the role of monitoring hemoglobin A1C in the management of T2D are also addressed in the video. The video was uploaded to the YouTube account of Mohamed Adan, PA-C from Axis Medical Center in January 2023 and hence was readily available to both patients and other clinicians at Axis Medical Center. Since then, the video has become an effective tool in pioneering Somali patient education at Axis Medical Center. One hundred thirteen views were generated and PA Adan has since uploaded two additional health education videos in Somali. Somali patients and other clinicians at Axis Medical Center have encouraged PA Adan to make more videos for Somali health education.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis