4170.0 Improving Health Outcomes Using Promotores and Patient Navigators

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 12:30 PM
Culture and language are significant barriers to improving the health status of a community. Community health workers, specifically promotores de salud, can help to improve access to preventive and health services for rural and immigrant populations. Presenters will provide examples of the use and impact of promotores in the colonias of McAllen, Texas and rural communities of California, as well as describe methods for improving the cultural competency of healthcare workers. Presenters will also stress the importance of community health planning and policy developments necessary to sustain promotores de salud programs.
Session Objectives: 1) Articulate how promotores make a difference in access to preventive and health services. 2) Describe strategies to promote cultural competency among multidisciplinary health providers, hospital associates, and students in various health professions. 3) Recognize the challenges that immigrant families may face in accessing behavioral health services. 4) Discuss the potential contributions of participatory planning, community partnerships and evaluation to the sustainability of promotores de salud programs. 5) Describe components of the pilot model training program for hospital bilingual staff.
Diana P. DeMartini, MPH, CHES

12:30 PM
Population health status in colonias near McAllen, Texas: Can promotoras make a difference in health services utilization
Martha Conkling, PhD MSPH, Craig H. Blakely, PhD MPH, James N. Burdine, DrPH and Miguel A. Zuniga, MD, DrPH
12:45 PM
1:00 PM
Planting seeds for sustainability: Navigating behavioral health services with immigrant families
Sybill Hyppolite, BA, Tammy Freitas da Rocha, MSPS, MSW, LCSW, Gisela Rots, MSc, Aaron Kirby, MSc, Eileen Dryden, PhD and Karen Hacker, MD MPH

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Community Health Workers SPIG, Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing