Supporting Community Health Workers after a Disaster: Findings from a Mixed-Methods Evaluation Study
A mixed methods pilot study on was RCHC conducted in 2013 with a convenience sample of staff from 6 federally qualified health centers (n=69). Validated measures of stress, coping, compassion fatigue & satisfaction, burnout, stress, and social provisions, and a measure of perceived knowledge, were administered at baseline, post-workshop and at a 3-week follow-up. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 randomly selected participants and analyzed using content analysis.
From baseline to post-workshop (n=69), perceived knowledge scores increased from 24.59 to 30.34, t(62)=5.16 (p<0.001), and acute stress scores decreased significantly from 10.53 to 6.78, t(64)=4.74 (p<0.001). Significant increases from baseline to three-week follow-up (n=56) were found for perceived knowledge (24.05 to 27.24), t(40)=5.37, p<0.001, and social provisions (27.34 to 28.39), t(44)=2.15, p<0.05.
Qualitative findings indicated respondents valued learning about common stress responses and incorporating coping as part of a daily routine. Team building and normalization of emotions were seen as ancillary benefits that would reduce stress levels in the workplace. In conclusion, RCHC shows promise and should be investigated further in experimental studies.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Evaluate the outcomes of a post-disaster community health worker intervention Identify protective factors to reduce burn out in community health workers Analyze mixed method outcomes of a quasi-experimental study
Keyword(s): Disasters, Stress
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author because I conducted the research and the intervention.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes
|Name of Organization||Clinical/Research Area||Type of relationship|
|AmeriCares||Disaster||Independent Contractor (contracted research and clinical trials)|
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