HE AHA TĀ MĀTOU I TŪHURA AI
WHAT WE INVESTIGATED
Take | Issue
Pacific peoples have higher rates of obesity and prediabetes at younger ages than other groups in the New Zealand population. Around 13.6% of Pacific youth aged 15-24, and 29.6% of Pacific adults aged 25-44, have prediabetes (compared to 7% and 16% respectively for the same age groups in the New Zealand European population). If left untreated, prediabetes may develop into type 2 diabetes and lead to significant health problems in later life.
Whāinga | Aim
This study investigated whether Pacific communities could be empowered to lead healthier, independent lives through community-led lifestyle intervention programmes which use a culturally-centred approach and consider the social-physical-cultural realities of the environment. In particular, the project examined whether such interventions are effective in reducing the prevalence of risk factors for prediabetes.
Huarahi I Whāia | Approach
Working collaboratively with Pacific communities, this study implemented and evaluated two separate intervention programmes:
- Youth empowerment programme obesity study (15-24 year olds)
- Young adults prediabetes study (25-45 year olds)
Both programmes build the knowledge, understanding and advocacy skills of youth leaders to empower behavioural change in their communities, aimed at reducing the prevalence of risk factors for prediabetes.
This project was funded by:
The Ministry of Health, Health Research Council of New Zealand, and Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, as part of the Long-Term Conditions Partnership.
Puka Rangahau | Academic Publications
- Pasifika Youth Empowerment Programme: a potential public health approach in tackling obesity-health related issues. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples (2016) 14(1), 63–72.
- Developing principles of social change as a result of a Pasifika Youth Empowerment Programme: a pilot study Health Promotion Journal of Australia (2020)
- Pasifika prediabetes youth empowerment programme: evaluating a co-designed community-based intervention from a participants’ perspective Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences (2021); Online, 1–15
- Pasifika Prediabetes Youth Empowerment Programme: learnings from a youth-led community-based intervention study New Zealand Medical Journal (2021)
- Assessing youth empowerment and co‐design to advance Pasifika health: a qualitative research study in New Zealand Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (2021)