250253 Effectiveness of CHWs Working Locally and Internationally

Monday, October 31, 2011

AlbaLucia Diaz-Cuellar, EdD MPH , School of Health and Human Services / Department of Community Health, National University, San Diego, CA
The lives of low- income newly arrived immigrant Latinos in the United States are currently compromised by serious health problems, which lack effective and lasting solutions. The efforts to determine lasting solutions to this growing crisis have been many and varied, often without continued success.

Not only will this presentation incorporate the work of CHWs as health educators, and advocates, it will also employ the methodology developed by Paulo Freire. The application of Freire's theory and methodology to the photovoice used in this presentation, gives it a unique dimension of human experience and authenticity, which derives relevant and meaningful results. This presentation, with a focus on the effectiveness of CHWs in the education of newly arrived immigrants will incorporate a domestic and international perspective. The combination of Freire's Participatory methods with the CHW's model, yields a clear and instructive picture of the CHW's potency as effective agents of social education, and disease prevention in newly arrived immigrant communities, both locally and internationally.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education

Learning Objectives:
1) Evaluate the effectiveness of the use of photovoice in 8 different CHWs' scenarios. 2) Analyze the implications of the Ulyses Syndrome (locallly and Internationally) and the impact of the work of CHWs.

Keywords: Community Health Promoters, International

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversee graduate level educational programs such as global health, health promotion strategies, Culture and Health, disease prevention among newly arrived immigrant communities.
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.