Bridging the Cultural Gap in the Mexican American Population: A Focused Discussion for Glycemic Improvement

Recorded Webinar

This webinar will focus on understanding the Mexican American culture to enhance communication and allow for more effective interventions to prevent and delay chronic disease in this at-risk population.

  • Release Date: March 14, 2019
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This product is free for DDPG members.

This webinar was presented live on March 14, 2019.

New statistics project that the nation will become “minority white” in 2045. During that year, whites will comprise 49.7% of the population in contrast to 24.6% for Hispanics, 13.1% for blacks, 7.9% for Asians, and 3.8% for multiracial populations. Diabetes, obesity, and stroke disproportionally affect Hispanics, almost double that of non-Latino whites, according to the American Diabetes Association. The definition of Hispanics is broad. This presentation will focus predominately on Mexican-Americans, the largest sub-group of Hispanics in the United States. Understanding the culture can enhance communication and allow for more effective interventions (participants will learn practical dietary applications) to prevent and delay chronic disease in this at-risk population.

CPEU: 1.0
Learning Need Codes: 1040, 3020, 5190, 4020

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 3 factors that contribute to health discrepancies in Hispanics versus non-Latino whites
  2. Name 2 negative habits adopted by Hispanics through acculturation to a western lifestyle
  3. State 3 culturally relevant steps to improve health in the Hispanic population


Esther Schuster, MS, RD, CDE

Schuster lives and work in Southern California and this has afforded him the privilege of working with a predominately Hispanic population for over 35 years. As a bicultural/bilingual individual, Schuster shares insight and practical applications to improve the health of this at-risk community.

He received his M.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, Conn. and CDE in 1996. His previous professional positions include: Public Health Nutritionist for PHF WIC; private practice for physician group in Pasadena; Nutrition Instructor for Life Sciences Dept. at Pasadena City College; Instructor for Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Dietetic Internship Program, on Biochemistry of CHO, PRO, FAT and Vitamins/Mineral Metabolism; spokesperson for profit and non-profit corporations - Canola & Dairy Council of CA. Currently, Schuster is a nutrition educator for first-to-third year Medical Family Residents at Glendale Adventist Hospital; own a private practice with an emphasis on wellness, weight and diabetes management; and nationally speak on multiple topics. He holds professional memberships in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Calif. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Calif. Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics/Los Angeles District, American Association of Diabetic Educators, AND Dietetic Practice Groups: Diabetes Care & Ed, Integrative & Functional Nutrition, and Food & Culinary Professionals. My interest include: kayaking, swimming, hiking, biking, running, yoga, public speaking, books, travel, film, science promotion.

  • Release Date: March 14, 2019