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Type 2 Diabetes Survey of Community Stakeholders and Health Practitioners to Begin

Filed in Health Program News by on May 13, 2017

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According to the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) are brought on by three behaviors that lead to four diseases that cause 50% of deaths in the region. Through Type 2, Not You! NSDI (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) is raising awareness about this epidemic in refugee and immigrant communities. Numerous priority populations for Type 2, Not You!, including speakers of Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Creole, Somali, and Swahili, are heavily burdened by T2D and common co-morbidities, such as CVD (cardiovascular disease), depression, hypertension, and obesity.

In May 2017, NSDI will begin conducting T2D surveys with at least 50 community stakeholders and health practitioners to develop better understanding of perceptions of type 2 diabetes by refugee and ethnic populations, as well as by medical and public health practitioners. Type 2, Not You! aims to ensure that these primary populations have equal access to primary prevention methods in San Diego County.

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Nursing Trainee from Sudan Passes California Certification Exam

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on May 12, 2017

Born in Sudan (present-day South Sudan), Suzy L. experienced hardships in her native country. Desiring more security to be happy and comfortable, sentiments she never achieved in her homeland, Suzy fled her war-torn country. On her journey to the United States, Suzy faced many financial and cultural challenges, but she was patient and worked hard to overcome the barriers.

Suzy contacted NSDI (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) and registered to participate in the CNA (certified nursing assistant) vocational training program. After completing the intensive 22-day course, Suzy passed the state exams and obtained employment at a hospital in the Sharp HealthCare system. Suzy hopes to progress in the healthcare industry and one day become an LVN (licensed vocational nurse). Her advice to others in similar situations is to always work hard, never give up, but be patient. Suzy hopes to visit South Sudan where her family still lives, but only after the current situation in the country de-escalates.