Genomics web-based training for Texas health educators: Improved knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, intention, and practice
Methods: We sent three e-mails and two post cards to invite 544 eligible Texas health educators holding MCHES/CHES designation to register and take the genomics Web-based training. A total of 207 Texas health educators completed the pre-assessment surveys, 173 finished taking the FHH training modules and post-assessment surveys, and 137 later completed the three-month follow-up survey.
Results: Approximately 40% of participants were racial/ethnic minorities. Participants' knowledge, attitudes, intention, and self-efficacy regarding FHH education were significantly higher at post-test and three-month follow-up compared to pre-test. Compared to the pre-test, three-month follow-up data showed a significant improvement in participants' FHH practice.
Conclusions and discussion: This first-of-its-kind genomics Web-based training meets the needs raised by the SACGHS. The success of this Web-based genomics training can serve as a model to guide future genomics education programs for health educators and other public health professionals.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health biology
Public health or related education
Describe genomics Web-based training for Texas health educators holding (Master) Certified Health Education Specialists designation; Discuss the effectiveness of genomics Web-based training for Texas health educators.
Keyword(s): Health Education, Genetics
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Since 2003, Dr. Chen has been advocating for Health Educatorsâ training in genomics. Dr. Chen has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious, interdisciplinary journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and Genetics in Medicine focusing on Health Educatorsâ roles in public health genomics. As principle investigator of this funded project, Dr. Chen is well qualified to present this abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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