175876 Overcoming language barriers by building the data capacity of Spanish-speaking community leaders: Evaluation of the Datos y Democracia Statewide California Training Initiative

Monday, October 27, 2008: 1:15 PM

Angie Denisse Otiniano, MPH , School of Public Health Department of Community Health Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Lucky, MPH , Human Impact Partners, Oakland, CA
Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH , School of Public Health, Community Alliance for Research and Engagement, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Peggy Toy, MA , Health DATA Program, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Los Angeles, CA
With few training and capacity building opportunities available in Spanish, there is a great need for skill building among community leaders and community-based organizations (CBOs) serving Spanish-speaking communities throughout California. To address this need, Datos y Democracia aimed to build the data capacity of these CBOs in their native language. To achieve this, three-day courses using a linguistically and culturally adapted curriculum were offered in three regions, targeting CBOs serving local underserved Spanish-speaking communities. The course, based on a train-the-trainer model, focused on planning and conducting a community health assessment, and provided training and technical assistance in order to train others from the same curriculum. METHODS: Evaluation was designed to capture the impact of this capacity building project using pre-post and follow-up surveys. RESULTS: Course participants included bilingual and monolingual community leaders, many of whom were promotoras and program staff. Sixty percent of the 58 course participants trained another 315 Spanish-speaking community leaders. The majority of course participants (96%) reported curriculum and activities relevant and important to their work. Course components, materials, trainers, and resources were rated highly, ranging from 4.35 to 4.85 on a Likert scale from 0 to 5 (where 5 is “excellent”). Course participants demonstrated increased self-efficacy in all nineteen course skills, particularly new skills such as data collection and analysis methods. Participants also reported intentions to use course content and materials in ongoing community work. By providing capacity building opportunities in Spanish, more community leaders were given access to essential tools to improve their community's health.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to: 1. Prioritize the importance of providing training and capacity building opportunities to community leaders and community-based organizations in Spanish-speaking communities. 2. Describe the program design and implementation of Datos y Democracia. 3. Apply findings and recommendations of the challenges and successes of creating a linguistically and culturally adapted curriculum tailored to Spanish-speaking community leaders; and of working with monolingual and bilingual community leaders.

Keywords: Community Building, Latino

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have no conflict of interest and served as the Health DATA Spanish Project Coordinator for Datos y Democracia.
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.