United Voices: Cross-cultural CHW perspectives to eliminate health disparities and propose policy change
Five focus groups (4 in English, 1 in Spanish) were conducted with 40 CHWs in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area. CHWs were directly recruited for participation with the aid of community agencies that are affiliated with United Voices. Groups were sampled based on the communities in which the CHWs serve and included African American (n=9), Asian (n=5), Latino (n=10), Native American (n=11), and Refugee (n=5). Data analysis and interpretation was guided by a participatory approach and with the leadership of United Voices CHWs.
In this session, the presenters (United Voices CHWs and academic partner) will highlight key findings from the study including CHWs’ perceived barriers and facilitators to reducing the impact of the SDH in their communities. Additionally, this presentation will provide an overview of how United Voices will use study findings to inform the development and implementation of a SDH continued education curriculum for CHWs, and to identify priority focus areas to inform grass-roots efforts for policy and systems level change.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Explain CHWs' awareness and understanding of the social determinants of health Identify CHWs’ perceived barriers and facilitators to reducing the impact of the SDH in their communities Discuss how CHWs used study findings to inform grass-roots efforts for policy and systems level change.
Keyword(s): Community Health Workers and Promoters, Health Disparities/Inequities
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Doctoral Candidate in Public & Community Health with a focus on the social, cultural, and environmental determinants of health. Previous research has focused on the CHW workforce and I have published in this area. I have been involved in public health for the past 8 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.