A new way to manage your diabetes.
Participate in the first-ever, online diabetes management program inclusive of people with physical disabilities.
We’re looking for individuals with diabetes and a physical disability to join an innovative project
To participate, you must:
- Have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes
- Be between 18-65 years old
- Live with a permanent physical disability
- Have a smartphone
By participating, you may receive:
- A year-long telehealth program
- Four HbA1c home kits
- Health coaching
- Technology package including an Amazon Echo and a FitBit
- You will be compensated for completing the study!
This program can help you engage in more physical activity, build healthier eating habits, and improve how you feel.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does this program work?
The entire program is conducted entirely online and over the phone. You can participate from the comfort of your own home!
What is diabetes management?
The goal of diabetes management is to empower individuals to successfully control diabetes through physical activity, nutrition, and medication.
What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study (or program) is to use a combination of personalized health coaching and technology programming to empower individuals to take control of their diabetes through physical activity, nutrition, and medication.
Is this study safe?
Yes. This study (program) is overall safe. You will be able to participate in the program at home and does not require travel to any location.
Why should I join the study?
If you desire to regain control of your diabetes or are interested in a new way to manage your diabetes, this program is for you!
What do I need to know before I decide to participate?
This program will last one year. You could potentially receive a technology package to help with your diabetes management. You will be asked to complete several online surveys throughout the program. You will receive four at home A1C tests and $100 as an incentive for your participation.
What if I change my mind about participating? Will I still be able to get the benefits?
If you desire to leave the program, please let our program team know! Upon leaving the program, you will lose access to the technology application and health coaches. We encourage you to reach out to a program staff member and address your concerns before leaving the program.
What are the “phases” of the intervention?
You will receive four HbA1c testing kits four times during the program. These will be mailed to your home. You may receive individualized health coaching calls for three months to discuss goals related to managing diabetes. You may also receive a technology package to assist in your diabetes management during the program.
What equipment do I need to be part of this study?
To be a part of this study, you will need to have internet access and a smartphone. Examples of smartphones include Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone.
Meet the Team
Rebecca is a Senior Inclusion Specialist at Lakeshore Foundation, working with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. She has a Masters of Public Health and is also a Certified Diabetes Lifestyle Coach.
Penny is an Inclusion Specialist at Lakeshore Foundation, working with The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability. She creates trainings and resources to promote the inclusion of students with disabilities through physical activity, physical education, health education and wellness. She holds a BS and M.Ed in Exercise Science.
Lacey Gammon, MPH, RD, LD
Lacey is the Nutrition Coordinator at Lakeshore Foundation working with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. She offers inclusive nutrition education and counseling, content development, recipe creation, and teaches adapted culinary skills and nutrition lessons to youth and adults with disabilities.
Bob is an ambassador and champion of inclusion at Lakeshore Foundation working with The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. He creates resources to promote inclusion for all people with disabilities, he is also a published author and accomplished Paralympian.
Cara Williams Riggins
Cara is an Inclusion Specialist at Lakeshore Foundation working with The National Center on Health Physical Activity and Disability. She creates inclusive resources for the aging population and acts as an advocate with people with disabilities to ensure they can live health lives. Cara has a Masters of Public Health and has been working in public health for over 10 years.
Eric Evans, PhD
Dr. Evans is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and is the primary study coordinator for the UAB Online Diabetes Management Study. His research interests include virtual reality applications for promotion health with individuals with disabilities.
Research Assistant, Nutrition/Health Coaching
Ayse is a PhD student in the Nutrition Sciences program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her dissertation focuses on developing a personalized meal planner system for people with physical disabilities. She also works as a research assistant and helps conduct research related to improving the health and function with people with disabilities. Ayse has a Masters degree in Nutrition Sciences and is also a Certified Health Coach.
Dr. Thirumalai is a faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research focuses on developing telehealth interventions for underserved populations.
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