¡Salud, Salud!

The University of Texas at Austin and YMCA of Austin have partnered to develop and test a bilingual (English and Spanish) type 2 diabetes self-management program that includes the whole family. This research study is investigational and will test whether participation in the ¡Salud, Salud! program can improve blood sugar levels and health-related quality of life for individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Study participants will learn to manage their Type 2 diabetes by:

  • MONITORING BLOOD SUGAR REGULARLY
  • MAKING HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES
  • BEING ACTIVE AS A FAMILY
  • REDUCING STRESS

Every family that participates will receive a free 6-month YMCA family membership and personal training consultation.

SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THE STUDY

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Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of the study is to develop and test a family-centered type 2 diabetes self-management education and support program that will improve blood sugar levels and health-related quality of life for families from minority backgrounds. We are doing this study because we know diabetes self-management programs help people, however we do not know enough about how to successfully deliver these programs for minority families in community settings. This study will help us identify a program approach that will improve the health of families from minority background living in Austin, TX.

If you choose to participate, you will be randomly assigned to one of two diabetes self-management programs, each of which are three months long. 

Group 1 Group 2
  • YMCA Family Membership
  • Program Orientation with a personal trainer
  • Nutrition education materials
  • Text messages
  • YMCA Family Membership
  • Program Orientation with a personal trainer
  • Nutrition education materials
  • Text messages
  • Online education modules
  • Support from a Community Health worker
  • Nutrition education session

This study will take place over 7 months. You will also be asked to complete 4 assessments. Each assessment is completed in 1 to 2 visits over a 1-week period. You will complete assessments at: 

  • Baseline (before starting the ¡Salud, Salud! program) 

  • Month 3 (after finishing the ¡Salud, Salud! program) 

  • Month 6 (three months after the program) 

  • Month 7 (four months after finishing the program) 

The four study assessments will be completed in person at one of two YMCA of Austin centers: 

  • COA/North Austin YMCA (1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78758) 

  • East Communities YMCA (5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd, Austin, TX 78723) 

The YMCA membership will be valid at any of the 8 facilities in Travis and Hays Counties.  

If you choose to participate and are assigned to Group 2 diabetes self-management program, all Community Health Worker and Nutritionist visits can be held in person (at COA/North Austin YMCA or East Communities YMCA), by telephone or via videoconference. 

If you are interested in participating in the study, you can see if you qualify by one of the following ways: 

  1. Click the “See if I qualify button” and complete the screening questionnaire to see if you qualify for the study.  If you do, a program staff will be in touch with next steps.  

  1. Call or text 512-761-5171 and leave your contact information for a program staff to contact you and walk you through the screening questionnaire to see if you qualify for the study.  

  1. Send your contact information via email to Vanessa Sweet, vanessa.sweet@austinymca.org. A program staff will contact you and walk you through the screening questionnaire to see if you qualify for the study.