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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3182465058
Lay Health Promoters/Community Health Workers

Salud Para Su Carozón—A Latino Promotora-Led Cardiovascular Health Education Program

Spinner, Jovonni R. MPH, CHES; Alvarado, Matilde MSN, RN

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Abstract

Salud Para Su Carozón is a culturally sensitive, community-based program to increase heart healthy knowledge and behaviors among Latinos. Promotoras were trained using a 10-session manual to teach participants from 7 communities about heart disease risk factors and skills to achieve heart healthy behaviors. In 435 participants with pre-to-post self-reported data, there were increases in physical activity outside of work (57%–78%), heart health knowledge (49%–76%), and confidence in preparing heart healthy meals (66%–81%) (all Ps < .001). Results suggest that promotoras can provide effective health education to improve heart health risk behaviors in select Latino communities.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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