Current Study

Integrative nutritional counseling for Chinese Americans with type 2 diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects Chinese Americans. Diet is an important part of diabetes self-management and people from different cultural backgrounds can have vastly different food preferences and beliefs. 

Through this randomized controlled study (RCT), we are testing whether integrative nutritional counseling that combines biomedical and Chinese medical concepts will lead to improved dietary attitudes, behavioral, and clinical outcomes. We are assessing the feasibility of integrative nutritional counseling as part of diabetes self-management education (DSME) at the Chinatown Public Health Center among Cantonese-speaking patients with diabetes.

This is a collaborative, multidisciplinary project drawing on expertise from community-clinic partners and investigators in the fields of medicine, public health, Chinese medicine, and communication studies. For more information, please see:

Study Investigators


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Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA

Interim Director of Research, Associate Director for Health Equity and Diversity, Associate Director of Clinical Research and Analytics
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