173886 Eat Well, Live Well with HIV/AIDS along the US/Mexico Border: A Nutrition Promotora Training Model

Monday, October 27, 2008

Karla F. Torres, MD, AAHIVS , HIV Part C, San Ysidro Health Center, San Ysidro, CA
San Ysidro Health Center, situated 2 miles from the border with Mexico with a history of over 39 years of service in the community of San Ysidro, California. SYHC's Eat Well, Live Well Nutrition (EWLW) Promotora/es Training Program's objective is to improve the HIV positive Latino/as access to culturally and linguistically competent nutrition education and healthy cooking classes.

The EWLW program consists of a total of ten, 2-hour long sessions with five sessions of nutrition theory and five of hands-on cooking classes. Traditional Latino recipes are prepared in healthier way by program participants reinforcing learning objectives of the previous nutrition class session. In a customary sit down dinner participants and facilitator discuss each of the recipes, ingredients, nutritional values and likeability of each dishes prepared. Nutrition classes cover basic HIV/AIDS disease information such as nutrition basics, food safety, exercise, and side effect of antiretroviral medications.

The program was evaluated by looking at how closely stated goals and objectives were achieved and by patient satisfaction surveys. Overall success of the program was determined by the successful graduation of capable Nutrition Promotoras/es(NP). The effectiveness of the program was determined by the level of knowledge gained by NPs as measured by the pre-post tests administered after each session.

Through the successful implementation of a culturally and linguistically appropriate program such as the EWLW Promotoras Training Program patients acquired significant knowledge about HIV and Nutrition. NP's as community leaders that advocate for nutrition programs as part of crucial services offered to people living HIV.

Learning Objectives:
Describe a culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS nutrition program training Latinos living along the US/Mexico border as promotoras/es. Analyze program evaluations and satisfaction surveys. Recognize the vital importance of nutrition during all stages of HIV/AIDS. Discuss the emerging role of HIV/AIDS as chronic disease and its implications. Discuss the empowerment of HIV positive Latinos as Nutrition Promotores/as to live healthier life styles. Analyze Nutrition Promotora Pre and Post test results.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am developed the program for the San Ysidro Health Center,
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.