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Home visits from Certified Community Health Workers (CHW) with the Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, are currently being offered as a new service to Texas A&M Physician (TAMP) patients who are diagnosed with Diabetes. The majority of these patients have elevated HbA1c and are unable to attend diabetes education classes due to their work schedule or lack of transportation. Two CHWs go out into the community to meet patients at their home or wherever is most convenient for them. The Brazos Valley Food Bank provides the patients with a diabetic food box, which contains food items that are diabetic friendly. The CHWs spend approximately two hours with the patient providing diabetic education, emphasizing The Plate Method, carb counting, healthy cooking tips, how to read a nutrition facts label, portion sizes, and the importance of physical activity. The CHW will also ask the patient to describe a typical day of eating and offer healthy alternatives and suggestions. At the end of the home visit, the patients are given a booklet with more detailed information on diabetes management.

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