A fall prevention curriculum for community health workers: Bridging the information gap
Methods: This presentation emphasizes the training of community health workers (CHWs) to bridge the information gap to older adults regarding falls prevention. Utilizing best practice models for training CHWs, adult learning theory, and message tailoring, the PPPFP study team developed a CHW curriculum (offered online and face-to-face) about fall prevention. CHWs who receive the training use the information to connect at-risk seniors to needed medical services and evidence-based community fall prevention programs.
Results: A survey of Texas Department of State Health Services-certified CEU modules and a national scan of CHW curricula indicated no fall prevention modules for CHWsresulting in the development and implementation of a CHW curriculum about fall prevention utilizing message tailoring. This curriculum is utilized in Texas and North Carolina and includes three modules: importance of fall prevention and risk factors for falls (4 CEUs); enhancing CHWs' skills to address fall-related risk factors (4 CEUs); and health behavior change strategies to prevent falls (2 CEUs).
Conclusion: This CHW-tailored curriculum has vast implications to reach larger proportions of high-risk seniors outside of healthcare settings through message tailoring.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe two best practices utilized to develop the Community Health Workers (CHW) curriculum on falls prevention. Define message tailoring in the context of CHW-delivered information on falls prevention. Discuss ways in which message tailoring with CHWs can be used to sustain the delivery of fall prevention activities to at-risk older adults. Discuss strategies in which message tailoring with CHWs can be replicated to enhance activity reach to larger proportions of at-risk older adults.
Keyword(s): Lay Health Workers, Aging
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I developed the CHW training curriculum and have several years experience in public health research. I have also trained, supervised, and worked with CHWs for the past ten years.
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.