244944 Role of promotoras (community health workers) as agents of change to promote healthy Latino communities

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:15 AM

Melawhy Garcia-Vega, MPH , NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Britt Rios-Ellis, PhD, MS , NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Natalia Gatdula, MPHc, BS , NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Lilia Espinoza, PhD, MPH , Keck School of Medicine/Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA
The Latino community is disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The lack of prevention efforts focused on the unique risk experienced by this hard-to-reach population resulted in the development of a promotoras (community health worker) program entitled: Hablando Claro: Clear Talk. The goal of this intervention is to reduce the risk of HIV infection for intergenerational Latina dyads through a comprehensive 10 hour educational curriculum covering sexual health, HIV/AIDS, communication, domestic violence, and mental health. The promotoras have played vital role in development and implementation of this initiative. Utilizing community based participatory research techniques, the promotoras helped to develop culturally relevant health education modules. Additionally, the promotoras have received over 40 hours of training on the educational components as well as data collection and management, and the importance of evaluation. An achievement of this project has been the establishment of a Spanish-language Institutional Review Board (IRB) module developed in collaboration with the California State University Long Beach Office of University Research to provide IRB certification for promotoras. The comprehensive module contains information necessary to ensure that the promotoras are knowledgeable about how to protect and uphold the rights of potential participants utilizing research procedures. This new IRB module has allowed us to overcome the challenge of education and literacy issues that promotoras face, while at the same time strengthening research standards. This tool shows promise in building public health capacity as it serves as a successful module for other researchers working with community health workers to promote health Latino communities.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1.List three aspects of Community Health Worker training needed in addition to the content of educational sessions. 2.Identify key elements for an IRB training relevant to Latino community members.

Keywords: Lay Health Workers, Research Ethics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a program manager and have experience working in community health education research programs incorporating lay health workers.
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.