Diabetes Prevention for Latino Youth: Unraveling the Intervention “Black Box”

Gabriel Shaibi, Yolanda P. Konopken, Allison Nagle-Williams, Darya D. McClain, Felipe Castro, Colleen S. Keller

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The translation of research findings into sustainable health promotion and disease prevention programs in community settings remains a challenge. This report describes the process of substantiating a community-developed diabetes prevention program for Latino youth through research. Included are design considerations, measurement strategies, and the context through which the project is culturally grounded for relevance and fit within a local community. The process included (1) refining the program to include salient, stakeholder-identified behavioral components; (2) refining the collaborative effort to embrace the capacity for facilitating relevant behavior change on targeted health-related outcomes to enhance intervention effectiveness; and (3) including the accurate assessment of intervention efficacy via precise assessment of diabetes-related health outcomes. We explain the process of collaborating with community partners to enhance the cultural relevance and sustainability of intervention effects on both individuals and communities. We discuss the rationale for empirical support for academic–community collaborations that function in both a “top-down” and a “bottom-up” manner to advance the science and practice of sustainable and efficacious community health promotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)916-924
Number of pages9
JournalHealth promotion practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • obesity
  • theory-based intervention
  • type 2 diabetes prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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