General Diabetes Patient Education Handouts
New! Now Available in Haitian Creole
ACU is pleased to make available eight patient education flyers on living with diabetes newly translated into Haitian Creole (also known as HC or Kreyol). The flyers are written in simple, plain language for low literacy audiences. Clinicians can download and print them on demand. The flyers are also available in English and Spanish.
More than one million people living in North America speak Haitian Creole. In the US, large Haitian communities are found in New York, Boston, Miami, New Orleans, parts of New Jersey, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington, DC and Atlanta. Since the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, immigration from Haiti to the United States has increased.
In a study published in the journal Diabetes Care, the authors found that patients with diabetes of Haitian descent had worse glycemic control than African American or non-Hispanic white patients. They recommended interventions to improve diabetes control among Haitians. Numerous ACU members have also expressed interest in low-literacy diabetes materials in Haitian Creole.
This series was originally developed in partnership with Home Diagnostics, now known as Nipro Diagnostics. Translating the flyers into Haitian Creole was made possible with the support of Nipro Diagnostics. ACU is grateful to Ingrid LaFleur, a Howard University Pharmacy Student and native Haitian Creole speaker, who helped with the project.