193867 "Resident Health Advocates, Knowledge to Action: Enhancing workforce opportunities, increasing Resident participation in health-promoting activities and creating partnerships"

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tegan C. Evans, MPH , School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, MA
The mission of the Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center (PPH-PRC) at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) is to improve the health and well-being of public housing residents. To accomplish this mission, BUSPH has collaborated with the Boston Housing Authority, the Boston Public Health Commission and the Community committee. It is well documented that individuals living in Boston's public housing are of lower socio economic status are less likely to be insured or have a primary care provider and have an increased health burden with regards to health disparities in Diabetes, Hypertension and Obesity. To address these health issues among this at risk population the (PHH-PRC) developed and implemented the Resident Health Advocate (RHA) Training Program. Applicants to the programs were recruited from the twenty-six public housing developments in the greater Boston area. Twelve applicants are chosen to participate in the three-month training program. Upon graduation, the RHAs act as sources of health information and information regarding access to health care resources for the residents in their respective developments. The outreach approach is based on the assumption that the public housing residents are more willing to utilize the RHAs than they would someone from outside the development.This presentation will describe in detail the program model and curriculum and present the findings of the process and outcomes evaluation.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to: 1) Discuss the importance of the RHA intervention in disease prevention and promoting wellness among public housing residents as well as the success of those that have participated in the program both personally and professionally. 2) Describe the components of a successful Resident Health Advocate Program. 3) Identify the role of the RHA in decreasing health disparities.

Keywords: Community Health, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Tegan C Evans, MPH Tegan Evans is the Project Manager for the Training and Education Core as well as the Core Research Project for the Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center at Boston University School of Public Health. Both of these programs, funded by the Center for Disease Control, increase access to public health resources by residents of urban, low-income housing developments. Upon receiving her BS in Human Biology from the University of Kansas, she immediately began working in the field of health care, earning her MPH at Boston University while working full-time as a Research Unit Coordinator at Boston University School of Medicine. She has actively participated in writing successful grants for the Boston University School of Medicine General Clinical Research Center, as well as the city of Lexington, Massachusetts where she served as a public health consultant. At the Lexington Health Department, Tegan developed an informational/regulatory program for property owners regarding the safe use of pesticides and effective alternatives to pesticides. She was later recognized at the state level for her work to reduce pesticide misuse in multi-dwelling units. Tegan continues to focus on low-income housing and low-socioeconomic populations by working with non-profit organizations within Boston, writing and managing grants, and developing and implementing public health programs.
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.