Lessons Learned from a Community-Engaged Intervention to Improve Diabetes Management in the NYC Bangladeshi Community using Community Health Workers
Methods: Coalition members meet quarterly to discuss progress and offer technical assistance to issues related to recruitment and retention. To date, 202 participants have enrolled in the intervention; eligible individuals are identified through clinic-based and community-based sources. CHWs familiar with cultural and religious norms implemented a six-month program in which participants received group education as well as individual assistance.
Findings: Key lessons learned from project implementation will be highlighted. Examples include the challenges of implementing group educational sessions in low-resourced community-based settings, as well as retaining participants employed in service industries. Additionally, important gender- and faith-based norms around physical activity and mental health emerged as barriers to promoting exercise and stress management. As a result, CHWs worked with partners to develop and produce an in-language, culturally tailored physical activity DVD
Conclusions: Recruitment and retention of participants in community-based research projects can be challenging. However, strategic p partnerships and thoughtful implementation using a CHW model can provide key resources and linkages to help support program uptake among the community of interest.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Describe challenges implementing a CHW intervention for diabetes management in the Bangladeshi community; Evaluate strategies to increase recruitment and retention in community-based research projects
Keyword(s): Community Health Workers and Promoters, Community-Based Research (CBPR)
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: For the last 4+ years, I have led the implementation and evaluation of this program, and have coordinated the establishment of the Community Coalition noted in the submitted abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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