Training and Selecting Community Health Worker Candidates for a Home base Behavioral Intervention to reduce Diabetes Disparities
The Multiclinic Action Trial to Control Hyperglycemia and Hypertension (MATCH2) is a behavioral clinical CBPR trial of a home based CHW intervention to reduce diabetes disparities. The recruitment and training protocol for the study was based on several prior studies of the Rush Center for Urban Health Equity. 64 candidates applied for training; six candidates had prior experience as CHWs. From this group, investigators and community partners selected twenty candidates for training. All twenty completed the 40-hour study training over a three week period. The training used adult learning methods, with an emphasis on shared experience and role playing. In addition to basic education about diabetes, hypertension, physical activity, and diet, modules emphasized training in social determinants of health and behavioral interventions. The MATCH2 CHW toolkit includes stress management, problem solving, motivational interviewing, and chronic disease self-management.
In this presentation, including CHW presenters from the project, we will share the approaches used to train the CHWs in a complex behavioral intervention, and the evaluation tools for both formative feedback and final CHW selection.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe components of basic and advanced behavioral health curricula for Community Health Workers serving as coaches promoting effective self-management of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Discuss strategies for formative and summative evaluation of CHW trainees based on adult learning principles.
Keyword(s): Vulnerable Populations, Diabetes
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator on the study and led the team that designed and implemented the curriculum and evaluation process.
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.