Bridging the gap between community health workers and researchers: Lessons learned from a behavioral trial for low-income adults with heart failure
Researchers are trained to answer specific questions by collecting and analyzing data from study participants, while CHWs are trained to work with individuals to promote healthy living within their own community. This presentation will give examples on how to train CHWs to understand research and how to train researchers to understand the community. We will demonstrate the value in formally teaching CHWs about research processes such as recruitment, intervention fidelity, and study protocols and in turn, how CHWs then contribute directly to these processes. Creating a bilateral relationship between CHWs and researchers serves to engage, retain, and effectively deliver interventions to underserved populations in research studies.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Define best practices for researchers working with community health workers. Identify areas of research most important to teach CHWs during training. List examples of how CHWs can assist researchers in study design and implementation of intervention studies.
Keyword(s): Community Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the research study manager of two randomized controlled trials funded by the National Institutes of Health. My focus is working with community health workers to deliver behavioral health interventions to underserved populations living with chronic disease.
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.