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It’s more than just Spanish materials: Utilization of a culturally competent based model for chronic disease prevention in a faith based community

Heather Diaz, MPH1, Lourdes Vizcaino, BS2, Kanchana Bhat, BSc3, Julie Pham, BS1, Christy Inskip, BA1, Patricia Gonzalez, BS1, and Marlon Minera, BS1. (1) Health Promotion & Education, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Nichol Hall, Loma Linda, CA 92350, 909 558-8729, HeathDiaz@netscape.net, (2) Western States Affiliate, American Heart Association, 1003 East Cooley Drive, Suite 102, Colton, CA 92324, (3) Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Nichol Hall, Loma Linda, CA 92350

Heart disease is currently the leading death of Latinos in the US. Model programs offering culturally competent approaches that advocate prevention of chronic diseases with Latinos are highly sought after. Latinos report that few community programs aim to be applicable to their culture, often isolating them. The “Por La Vida” model focuses on the utilization of community based health workers promoting health and wellness among their own community, and has shown promise regarding the prevention of breast cancer and diabetes. In February 2003, graduate students of LLUSPH, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, implemented a heart disease prevention program at a community church using the Promotora model framework. The program aimed at impacting the church community at the social-cultural environmental, and at the direct individual level. Macro components focused on institutional change, and incorporating and building on neighborhood community assets. Individual assessment measured clinical lab level changes (blood pressure, glucose levels, serum cholesterol, and BMI, body fat %), increases in knowledge, and personal life impacts. Six bi-monthly classes conducted in Spanish, four social events, and a neighborhood walking club was implemented over 8 months. Results reveal an increase in prevention knowledge and improved clinical lab changes (decreases in blood pressure, cholesterol, body weight, fat %). Qualitative results document drastic life changing results for participants consisting of weight loss, improvements in nutrition, adoption of exercise routines, and lowered blood levels. Sustainability focuses on establishing a church health advisory committee and implementing phase two of the project run solely by Promotoras.

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