Research has shown that the most effective prevention programs are those where community members are involved from beginning to end, from developing the research questions to be investigated through evaluating how successfully that vision was put in place. Even so, academics are the first to admit that deciphering the bureaucratic systems that must be successfully navigated in order to form such partnerships can be a daunting task.

The aim of the National Diabetes Prevention Center Southwest Second Annual Summer Institute, scheduled for July 9-27, is to help demystify that process by providing interested community members the opportunity to learn how to form effective prevention partnerships.

What type of courses will be offered? A list of the 14 courses to be offered includes:

""Making the Most of Your Resources in the Community""

""Finding Health Resources on the WEB""

""Writing and Designing Reader-Friendly Print Materials""

""How to Conduct and Analyze Focus Group Interviewing""

""The Art and Science of Community Health Assessment""

""Basic Types of Research and Design""

"" Ethics and Community Research""

""Introduction to Grant Writing""

""Navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Informed Consent (UNM/Zuni/Navajo/IHS Panel)""

""Using Epi Info""

""How to Advocate for Your Diabetes Prevention Program""

""Social Marketing for Community Health""

""Program Evaluation""

""Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Prevent and Manage Diabetes""

Course lengths will vary from three hours to two days and all classes will be at the University of New Mexico - Gallup branch located at 200 College Road. While community healthcare professionals will find the courses of interest, the classes are open to anyone. Space is limited. Interested persons should register by sending a registration form and payment before June 22, 2001. There is a fee of $10.00 for each course. Professional continuing education credits may require an additional fee.

More conference information is available at the NDPC Southwest website at http://hsc.unm.edu/ndpcor by contacting the NDPC, 214 E. Nizhoni Blvd., Gallup, NM 87301. Call 1-888-590-6372, or email Theresa Clay at tclay@unm.edu or Bernice Martinez at bemartinez@salud.unm.edu.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322