Increasing dissemination through technology: Web-based training for community health advisors
Monday, November 2, 2015
: 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Health interventions are increasingly using technology for program delivery. Project HEAL (Health Through Early Awareness and Learning) is an evidence-based cancer educational intervention that compares training methods for lay Community Health Advisors (CHAs): web-based versus traditional classroom. Twenty-eight CHAs from 14 African American churches in Maryland were randomized to a web-based (N = 6 churches) or traditional classroom (N 8 churches) training approach. CHAs delivered a 3-part workshop series to congregation members aged 40-75 focusing on breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer. Breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer knowledge and screening were compared between participants in the web-based and traditional training churches using data from baseline to 12-months. To date, 236 participants (63% of enrolled participants) have completed the baseline and 12-month surveys. Overall, the Project HEAL workshops resulted in significant increases in breast and colorectal cancer knowledge (p < .001), but not prostate cancer (p > .05). There was also an overall significant increase in the number of individuals up-to-date for colorectal cancer screening at 12-months (p < .05), however there were no significant differences for breast or prostate cancer screening (p > .05). No significant differences in knowledge or screening were found between the two CHA training conditions from baseline to 12-months (p > .05). Participants in both conditions had comparable study outcomes, suggesting that web-based training may be as effective as traditional classroom training. Web-based training method may be a suitable method to train lay health advisors and may have implications for increased reach and sustainability of evidence-based interventions.
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Discuss the potential for web-based training of lay health advisors delivering health promotion interventions.
Identify the benefits of web-based training for increased reach of health promotion interventions.
Keyword(s): Community Health Workers and Promoters, Cancer Prevention and Screening
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctoral candidate in a Behavioral and Community Health program at a School of Public Health and have worked as a graduate assistant on a cancer early detection implementation trial examining two community health advisor training methods. I have assisted with the development and implementation of the training methods and have interests in implementation science and cancer prevention and screening.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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