Kia Skrine Jeffers, PhD, RN, PHN, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program in the David Geffen School of Medicine Department of General Internal Medicine/Health Services Research and UCLA School of Nursing. Dr. Skrine Jeffers earned her undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from North Carolina A&T State University, and her Master’s and doctoral degrees in Nursing from UCLA. She is a practicing community-based nurse. Her research focuses on the impact of intersecting psycho-, bio-, behavioral and life course experiences on type 2 diabetes risks among African American seniors; diabetes prevention and self-management interventions; and, healthcare policies that impact equity and access for underresourced populations.
2017-2018 Pilot Project, "Evaluating the feasibility to implement the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in a parish nurse program of a safety-net health system.” This exploratory, mixed methods study aims to evaluate the employee and patient factors that may facilitate or impede implementation of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) within the parish nurse program of a safety net health system. With Medicare's prediabetes coverage expansion in 2018, many safety-net health systems and community-based organizations (CBO) will be considering whether or not to become Medicare DPP providers. The expansion will increase access to diabetes prevention services for low-income, racial/ethnic minority seniors, as costs for the program to date have largely been out of reach. In addition to providing evidence for the parish nurse program, this study will provide science for safety-nets and CBOs to draw upon as they evaluate their own capacity to become Medicare DPP providers.