for females ages 18-39 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion:
Margaret A. Handley



The purpose of the STAR-MAMA intervention is to develop a patient-tailored telephone-base counseling intervention for young Latino women who are at high risk of diabetes. The intervention will focus at the end of pregnancy and the 9 months post-partum period to improve education and behavioral counseling on nutrition and other related health topics . The following hypotheses will be formally tested: Compared with controls at 9 months post-partum: 1. Women in the STAR-Moms program will have improved self-reported behavioral outcomes for minutes of physical activity, lower fat diet, and breast-feeding duration (in weeks); 2. Women in the STAR-Moms program will have improved diabetes prevention knowledge; 3. Women in the STAR-Moms program will have increased diabetes-relevant screening rates. Women in the STAR-MAMA will have lost more weight than women in the control group.

Official Title

Reaching High Risk Post-partum Women for Nutritional Assessment and Counseling Via a Telephone-based Coaching Program


The STAR-MAMA intervention builds on theoretical constructs found in Social Cognitive Theory, Theory of Planned Behavior, and Theories of Social Support found to be effective in weight loss, physical activity and dietary change, based on a recent meta-analysis and other studies. The investigators proposed development of STAR-MAMA will incorporate specific behavior change techniques associated with these theories, including: "self-regulatory" intervention techniques (specific goal setting, prompting self-monitoring, providing feedback on performance, goal review), self-efficacy building intervention techniques (motivational interviewing, using decisional balance and relapse prevention), individual tailoring techniques (information on content and resources), and culturally tailored social support, and which incorporates family needs.


Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 diabetes prevention in the post-partum Behavior change among Latinas, Health Coaching, Motivational interviewing techniques Diabetes Mellitus Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Life Style Counseling (Star-Mama) Educational Resource Support


You can join if…

Open to females ages 18-39

  • Postpartum Latino women (English or Spanish speakers) with history of gestational diabetes.
  • 18 years or older

You CAN'T join if...

  • Do not have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • Do not have access to phone line or a cellphone to receive weekly calls of health coaching education over the phone.


  • San Francisco General Hospital accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94110 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Margaret A. Handley
    Margaret A. Handley, PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. She has a public health background and has worked in local and state health departments prior to coming to UCSF. She is a faculty member of the UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Center for Vulnerable Populations.


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