Brownsville Herald (Internet / Print) 06/04/06 http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/ts_comments.php?id=71109_0_10_0_C Beginning this summer, Frontera de Salud and Stark Diabetes Center, programs of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, will launch “support groups” to help colonia residents manage one of the Rio Grande Valley’s most prevalent conditions — type II diabetes. The support group gatherings will take a similar approach to Moreno’s group, meeting up in living rooms to discuss eating healthy, creating exercise programs and changing lifestyles. It’s a step beyond using promotoras in the community. Now, health-care providers and experts will work with residents from their home base, said Dr. Kirk Smith, director of Frontera de Salud. “It’s not top down, it’s bottom up,” Smith said of the programs. “We’re letting the community teach us.” (This story also appeared in the Harlingen Valley Morning Star at http://www.valleystar.com/articles/2006/06/04/local_news/local_news4.txt] and the McAllen Monitor at http://www.themonitor.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=13563&Section=Valley)