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Salud Para Su CarozónA Latino Promotora-Led Cardiovascular Health Education Program

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

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

Author Information

Division for the Application of Research Discoveries, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

Correspondence: Jovonni R. Spinner, MPH, CHES, Division for the Application of Research Discoveries, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Dr, MSC 2480, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Jovonni.spinner@nih.gov).

The authors thank the promotoras de salud whose dedication and efforts made it possible to implement the project. They also thank Dr Denise Simons-Morton and Karen Donato for reviewing and editing the manuscript. No funding was received for this work.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.