224562 Aging well in ethnically diverse community settings

Monday, November 8, 2010

Merlita Compton, MPH , Elderly Services Program, Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, Honolulu, HI
Michiyo Tomioka, MS , School of Social Work, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Josie Sagisi , Elderly Services Program, Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, Honolulu, HI
Older adults, especially minority populations with high socioeconomic need, have increased risk factors for chronic illnesses; yet often fewer resources to manage health concerns. Kokua Kalihi Valley Elderly Services Health Maintenance Program (KKVES) serves a primary residential area for immigrants, culturally diverse (>17 cultures) with high socioeconomic need (>90%). KKVES assists frail older adults in developing healthier lifestyles to enhance their capability to remain living in their own homes in the community.

KKVES offers evidence-based health education, activities, and promotion programs to encourage and motivate minority seniors to take charge of their health and lives, thereby enabling them to remain living at home as independently as long and as safely as possible. Notably, community-based health promotion programs are effective for all people. It is useful and important, however, to align these health promotion programs to fit within the client's culture value system to maximize the effectiveness and benefits.

Using Hawaii's KKVES as an example, the presentation will discuss key elements in planning community-based health promotion programs (physical activity and evidence-based chronic disease self-management program) in ethnically diverse community settings, strategies to incorporate scientific methods to ensure program delivery and effectiveness, and impacts of health promotion programs.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the importance of modifying health promotion programs to fit with the cultural values of seniors being served. 2. Describe the process of planning, implementing and evaluating community-based health promotion programs in ethnically diverse community settings.

Keywords: Health Promotion, Minorities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have worked 15+ years in providing health care services for elderly. During the past 10 years, I expanded services based on a needs assessment in a culturally diverse high social and economic need community in Kalihi. I have focused on developing health education, health promotion, case management and respite services.
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.