Improve Health Outcomes for Latinos with Diabetes






Apply for the Chronic Care Counseling in Spanish for the Latino Patient Program

Help reduce diabetes disparities for underserved Latino patients while improving your Spanish skills and learning to provide culturally competent care during this unique, 8-month program.

Strengthen Your Skills as an Advanced Practice Nurse

  • Participate in a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research study (R01, DK104648)
  • Help investigate health disparity interventions for the Latino population
  • Improve your Spanish skills and cultural understanding of diverse populations
  • Earn course credit and clinical hours (for students) or Continuing Nursing Education hours (for nurse practitioners)
  • Apply and advance your skills during a cultural immersion trip to Nogales, Arizona

Eligibility Requirements

To apply, you must be:

  • Enrolled in our Doctor of Nursing Practice program pursuing the FNP specialty or working as a licensed nurse practitioner
  • Conversant in Spanish

Program Timeline

Phase 1: NURS 585 Course (3 course credits)
During this 7-week online course taught by Drs. José Parés-Avila and Glenn Martinez, you will learn:

  • Fundamental elements of clinical conversations in Spanish, patient-centered communication and how to facilitate culturally-sensitive health care
  • Latino health practices, cultural beliefs and social structures relevant to chronic care, particularly for diabetes, that affect Latinos’ health status in the United States
  • Effective motivational interviewing strategies with Spanish-speaking patients

Phase 2: Health-Coaching and Motivational Interviewing (1 clinical credit)
During this 6-month, faculty-mentored clinical experience, you will:

  • Work as a health coach by phone (~45 hours) with Spanish-speaking diabetes patients at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center
  • Build greater cultural understanding and competency while developing dynamic patient relationships and practicing motivational interviewing

Phase 3: Clinical & Cultural Immersion Trip
During this three-day trip to Nogales, Arizona, apply and advance your language and clinical skills while educating Spanish-speaking patients about healthy living and performing health assessments and screenings in a health fair-type setting.

Join the Next Cohort

To apply, please contact Leah Stauber at or (520) 626-1378.

Meet Our Program Team

  • Dr. Usha Menon, co-principal investigator (University of Arizona), professor and associate dean for research & global advances
  • Dr. Glenn Martinez, co-principal investigator (Ohio State), program instructor, professor of Spanish and department chair
  • Dr. José Parés-Avila, lead program instructor, clinical preceptor, clinical assistant professor
  • Dr. Laura Szalacha, director of research methods and statistics
  • Dianna Candito, program coordinator

This program is funded in part by the Juntos Study through a partnership with The Ohio State University.

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

The University of Arizona Continuing Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.