PhD Graduates – Planas

Jessica Planas, PhD
Spring 2012

“Chronic Disease Management Through Goal-setting for Latino Populations”

Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States of America. Due to various language, cultural and access to care issues, increased morbidity and mortality rates have contributed to Hispanics being severely affected by problems of health disparities. Interventions geared towards specific chronic disease management can assist in closing the widening gap of existing disparities. This research focused on Hispanics living with chronic illness and obtaining healthcare at one of the largest federally qualified community health centers (FQHC) in the state of Connecticut. It investigated whether goal setting (implemented during primary care visits) would improve their self-efficacy to manage their health. While statistically significant results were not found, important factors to consider in future studies with similar populations were revealed. Implications for nursing research and studies to be carried out in other community health centers were also discussed.

Pictured above (from left to right):
Dr. Elizabeth Anderson, Dr. Deborah McDonald, Dr. Jessica Planas, Dr. Patricia Neafsey