Research & Program Areas

The CarePartner Program: Diabetes Self-Care Support for Spanish Speakers

With funding from the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), CMCD investigators developed a mobile health intervention designed to support self-management among Spanish-speaking patients with diabetes. The purpose of the program was to create greater access to language-appropriate self-care for the growing Latino population in Michigan at risk for poor health care due to difficulties in communicating their health needs.

The program was successfully implemented within six clinics, including two University of Michigan clinics. Finding from the evaluation identified a significant reduction in depressive symptoms, and a significant improvement in medication adherence. Patients who participated with an out-of-home caregiver who received updates and suggestions based on the patient’s weekly automated calls (i.e., a “CarePartner”) showed a significant increase in physical functioning and in diabetes self-care.

Learn more about the CarePartner Program.

For more information, contact Nicolle Marinec at


Diabetes, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), Mobile Health, Spanish-Speaking

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