Our Work: Mil Familias

MIL FAMILIAS is a longitudinal observational cohort study enrolling Latino families with type 2 diabetes (T2D), building a unique real-world dataset of genetic, biological, behavioral, psychosocial, and environmental determinants of health.

Our data shows that sub-optimal glycemic control, obesity, and uncontrolled blood pressure were common among Mil Familias participants with T2D, as were inadequate health insurance coverage and low levels of income, educational attainment, acculturation, confidence in literacy-numeracy skills, and trust in physicians. This population – and especially women – have a cluster of social and biological risk factors that make them vulnerable to T2D and new threats like COVID-19.

Based on the data collected, Mil Familias plans to collaboratively create new diabetes interventions in the areas of education, prevention, technology, policy, treatment, and more.

SDRI is also training a new type of community health worker in T2D, clinical research methods, and physical and social care navigation. These bilingual Community Scientists (or Especialistas) take lead roles in:

(a) recruitment and retention
(b) data collection, including the use of wearable digital health technologies
(c) providing cultural oversight into the creation of supporting materials for this program
(d) connecting families to appropriate resources when necessary

To date, over 330 participants from more than 260 families have been enrolledin the Mil Familias cohort.