Peer Educators Share Training to Help Others Live Healthier Lives
Consuelo Rodríguez Mora felt fortunate to participate in a Project HOPE patient diabetes education course in Mexico, 5 Steps to Self-Care. The lifesaving knowledge she gained has helped her live a healthier life and has also motivated her to share what she learned with others as a Peer Educator for Project HOPE.
Peer Educators are volunteers who work in the community, offering blood sugar testing in markets and other community spaces with high foot traffic. Peers use HOPE educational materials to help explain diabetes basics to friends and neighbors.
“People stop and look at the educational materials we have available, but sometimes they are afraid to ask more,” Mora said. “So I go up to them and explain what I am doing. I can see in their eyes that they are looking for help. In Mexico, many people are afraid to test because they think diabetes is a death sentence. They have seen their mother, grandmother, or uncle suffer and die from it. When I tell them I have had diabetes for 20 years, they are surprised. I tell them that I have learned to live with diabetes and they can too. It is a process. That’s why we set up our information booths in the same place every week, so people know we will be there and they can come back to test or learn more about healthy eating and exercise. I thank Project HOPE.”