Performance Improvement 2011-2012. How Can the Diabetes-Based Education in Tribal Schools Project Improve Recruitment and Retention?


This study evaluated the success of recruiting teachers to the Diabetes-Based Education in Tribal Schools (DETS) Project and the success of the distribution of the curriculum materials. The project is a cooperative effort among the National Institutes of Health, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the Indian Health Service and eight Tribal Colleges and Universities. The DETS Project is a K—12 curriculum that uses a multidisciplinary approach as part of a national effort to decrease the incidence and improve the care of type 2 diabetes among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).

The study showed a strong and sustained effort to recruit teachers and distribute curriculum materials. The close correlation between recruitment efforts and shipped orders for DETS indicated that the recruitment effort was working. DETS materials were ordered and shipped to locations where teachers had been recruited to use the materials. Efforts to recruit teachers were sustained, showing monthly increases. The most promising recruitment efforts were those that had person-to-person contact and included small presentations, personal development workshops, in-person conferences, large conferences, and exhibit tables at large festivals.

Report Title: Diabetes-based Education in Tribal Schools (DETS) Process Evaluation
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: PS International, Doug Coulson
Record ID: 9736 (Report issued October 31, 2010)

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