Project Dulce

Care for People with Diabetes

Project Dulce is a diabetes care and education program that addresses the specific needs of culturally diverse populations. The program is dedicated to “Diabetes Excellence Across Communities," with a mission of improving the lives of people with diabetes through culturally appropriate, community-based diabetes management, education and support programs.

Initiated in 1997, Project Dulce was designed by a broad collaboration of San Diego health care and community-based organizations. To date, the program has managed thousands of ethnically diverse and low-income patients at Project Dulce locations throughout San Diego County (PDF, 968 KB).

The Project Dulce approach

The core of Project Dulce’s approach to patient care is a “Chronic Care Model.” A nurse-led team consisting of an RN/CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator), medical assistant and dietitian provides clinical care in collaboration with the patient’s primary care provider.

The program’s other features include:

  • Training for peer educators to provide diabetes self-management education and support to their peers
  • Clinical standards and algorithms used to guide treatment
  • An electronic diabetes registry, used to track patient care, monitor compliance with standards and report clinical outcomes
  • Extensive socio-cultural research to adapt its group education curriculum and approach to address the needs of African-American, Filipino and Vietnamese communities

Diabetes management program design and implementation

In addition to helping patients, Project Dulce staff is available to train other health care providers how to design and implement a culturally appropriate diabetes management program. The patient education curriculum, patient handouts, peer educator training guide and operations manual are also available.

Multi-language patient handouts

To enable health providers and community organizations to better serve diverse populations with diabetes, Project Dulce has developed a series of graphic and simple-to-read educational handouts on over 20 topics related to diabetes care in 8 languages common to populations throughout California.

See our multi-language patient handouts for illustrated PDFs on diabetes management topics in eight languages.

For more information

To learn more about Project Dulce call 1-866-791-8154.