Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Kim Burns

Second Advisor

Kasey Jordan

Third Advisor

Ann Snyder

Abstract

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that is chronic and difficult to manage that millions of Americans must learn to live with each day. Many people with type 2 diabetes have limited knowledge of the pathophysiology of the disease and factors that affect its progression. Guidance from healthcare in choosing the right diet and amount of exercise would be beneficial to improving the quality of life of patients living with this chronic disease. Education materials and opportunities are less effective in underserved populations due to factors such as the cost of transportation and fuel to clinics, the absence of Internet access to helpful educational websites, and the cost of food (Jessee & Rutledge, 2012). Communityinvolved clinics such as the Community Helping Place (CHP) Free Clinic in Dahlonega, GA have noticed this gap in knowledge and education and have implemented changes to benefit the population of underserved patients with diabetes in Dahlonega.

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