224488 La palabra es salud (the word is health): Comparing popular education vs. traditional education for increasing empowerment and enhancing health knowledge among Latino, parish-based community health workers

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Noelle Wiggins, MSPH, EdD , Community Capacitation Center, Multnomah County Health Department, Portland, OR
Teresa Rios, CHW , Community Capacitation Center, Multnomah County Health Department, Portland, OR
Popular education is a philosophy and methodology for education and organizing that seeks to create settings in which people can discover and expand their knowledge and use it to create a more just society. It is gaining prominence as a strategy for building capacity in communities to advance health equity. La Palabra es Salud (The Word is Health) used a quasi-experimental design, mixed methods, and a CBPR framework to systematically compare popular education and traditional education as methods for increasing empowerment and enhancing health knowledge among Latino, parish-based Community Health Workers (CHWs). Results suggest that, when compared to traditional education, popular education can help participants develop a deeper sense of empowerment and more multi-faceted skills and understandings, with no accompanying sacrifice in the acquisition of knowledge. In this workshop, participants will become familiar with the study and explore its implications for their own work. The session will be co-facilitated by a CHW who is the former Chair of the APHA CHW SPIG and a researcher who conducted this study for her dissertation. Popular education will serve as the philosophy and methodology for the session. This means that facilitators will start with what participants know, create settings in which participants can learn from each other, use interactive techniques to build on what participants know, and explore how participants can apply what they have learned in the workshop to their own unique settings. Techniques used will include brainstorming, sociodramas, problem posing, cooperative learning, radio plays, and dinámicas.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify 3 key outcomes of the study, La Palabra es Salud. Identify 3 implications of these outcomes for building capacity among Community Health Workers (CHWs). Explain the role that popular education can play in helping CHWs and communities create a more equitable society. Name 3 benefits of using CBPR as the research paradigm for a doctoral dissertation.

Keywords: Community Health Promoters, Participatory Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The abstract is based on research I conducted for my dissertation, for which I received NO outside funding.
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.