178839 Community healthy lifestyles partnership project (C-HeLP): A community-based participatory research (CBPR) training and surveying experience for community health advocates (CHAs)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 1:00 PM

Janine Lewis, MPH , Health Promotions, Westside Health Authority/Coordinator UIC Healthy City Collaborative, Chicago, IL
Sarah Rittner, MA , Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Jacqueline Reed, MA , Westside Health Authority, Chicago, IL
Claire Kohrman, PhD , Consultant, Chicago, IL
Kevin Weiss, MD, MPH , Institute for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Within Chicago, Illinois, the Austin community is a densely populated, 90% African American community with nearly 118,000 residents, with known high rates for heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Peer-to-peer education regarding chronic disease topics is a vital component of health promotion in medically underserved communities. National Institutes of Health funding has provided the impetus for an equitable community-university partnership in Austin, between the Westside Health Authority (a community-based organization) and Northwestern University's (NU) Feinberg School of Medicine, which has focused on training Community Health Advocates (CHAs) to conduct human subject research via door-to-door surveying concerning health needs in Austin. The CHAs played an integral role in the development of the training modules, the creation and refinement of the survey instruments, and the administration of the survey to a randomized sample of over 300 households. The health information compiled will be utilized to inform a health intervention to address the prevention, assessment, and treatment of chronic disease in this community. The process in which community members participated in a six-week training curriculum preparing them to conduct human subject survey research in this urban community will be detailed. The report will include both quantitative and qualitative results: both the members' reports of their experiences within the training phase of the C-HeLP project and their responses to a four month period in which a roughly 30-item, two version survey was administered. Finally, an analysis of the preliminary survey findings will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize that CHAs have the capacity to be well-trained by University IRB standards, certifying them for participation in survey research while at the same time teaching the importance of research. 2. Describe a workable community surveyor training outline that meets the needs of lay community workers. 3. Explain quantitative data obtained from the community health survey adminstered by the CHAs. 4. Identify best practices and lessons learned from project staff and CHAs regarding the training and surveying experiences.

Keywords: Community Health Promoters, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked with the C-HeLP project for 2 years as a Project Coordinator and helped to devise the timeline, curriculum, and assisted in the training of the CHAs.
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.