One enterprising group of UC Merced students aspires to change the face of how diabetes is managed in the Merced area.
The local chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), under the guidance of management lecturer S.A. Davis, is creating a telehealth initiative to help women manage gestational diabetes without having to make frequent trips to the doctor.
SIFE is an international nonprofit that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize college students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills necessary to become socially responsible executives. SIFE teams apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life for people in need.
UC Merced's team chose to focus on diabetes in its project because the disease is so prevalent in the Central Valley and poses a laundry list of preventable side effects.
“It can’t be cured, but it can be managed,” said chapter President Jessica Gibson.
Gestational diabetes puts both mother and child in danger and managing gestational diabetes in Merced County is difficult because of inadequate access to health-care providers and cultural norms that prevent women from making regular visits to the doctor.
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