172578 "There's a Meeting in the Village" - A community based train-the-trainer program for CHW's who serve pregnant women of color

Monday, October 27, 2008

Kweli R. Walker, MPH , Black Infant Mortality Reduction Resource Center - Northern New Jersey Maternal/Child Health Consortium, Paramus, NJ
Ilise A. Zimmerman, MPH, MS , Black Infant Mortality Reduction Resource Center - Northern New Jersey Maternal/Child Health Consortium, Paramus, NJ
The Black Infant Mortality Reduction Resource Center (BIMRRC) - Northern NJ Maternal/Child Health Consortium is committed to reducing the rates of racial/ethnic perinatal health disparities. The BIMRR Center implements provider and consumer education, which includes educating Community Health Workers (CHWs). CHW's often resemble their clients in terms of lifestyle, language, race and ethnicity and are providers of culturally competent care. In order to enhance the skills of this often overlooked workforce, the BIMRR Center in partnership with the March of Dimes, developed “There's a Meeting in the Village” a community-based “train-the-trainer” program. This collaboration examined the inverse relationship between stress and pregnancy outcomes among women of color by recruiting CHW's to become communicators of vital health information. Over a six month period, twelve trainings were conducted throughout the state and close to 150 Community Health Workers participated. A training curriculum, developed by BIMRRC staff, was utilized to address multiple risk factors that contribute to adverse birth outcomes. Upon completion, each CHW was asked to share this information with 10 clients to reduce adverse birth outcomes and promote stress management and reduction techniques.

This training will provide an interactive learning experience which will highlight the components of the training curriculum, program outcomes and stress reduction techniques beneficial for pregnant women. Our hope is that this teaching tool becomes a standard training module for the 2000 Community Health Workers throughout the state.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review "national" and New Jersey infant mortality statistics and discuss contributing risk factors 2. Understand the critical role of Community Health Workers in perinatal health for women of color 3. Identify evaluation process and results, and learn how to replicate the program

Keywords: Community Health Promoters, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The Black Infant Mortality Reduction Resource Center (BIMRR Center)- Northern New Jersey Maternal Child/Health Consortium developed, coordinated and implemented "There's a Meeting in the Village". Furthermore, as Director of the BIMRR Center, I was responsible for all aspects of the program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.