Healthy & Strong: The role of community health workers in training and mentoring the next generation of health professionals
Methods: Four promotorasimplemented skills-based training and on-going mentoring to four cohorts of graduate students from various disciplines to implement a childhood obesity intervention.
Results: The benefit of a promotora serving as a leader and mentor both in their community and in academia is two-fold: (1) it transfers specific skills from promotoras to graduate students; and (2) it expands and enhances promotoras’ competencies and skills to strengthen their understating of the research process. The purpose of this collaboration is to build capacity and integrate cultural values and principles within the academic training and experiential learning of future health professionals.
Discussion: The strength of the community health worker model is in its flexibility to respond to the unique aspects of the community; however it can be challenging from an academic standpoint where the structure requires rigorous methodology and data driven results. Integration of a multi-disciplinary team is key. In the presentation, a promotora will discuss the training, mentoring, and skills transferred to the graduate students. The promotora will also discuss the knowledge and skills gained by the promotora team. The promotoras took part in the development of the abstract.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Describe a model in which community health workers serve as mentors to graduate students. Identify ways to integrate cultural values and principles within academic training by community health workers. Discuss the knowledge and skills gained by community health workers when serving as mentors for graduate students.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), Community Health Workers and Promoters
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 5 years of experience working alongside community health workers and implementing community based participatory research. I currently supervise a team of 4 community health workers that are employed through our organization.
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.