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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31824650ed
Lay Health Promoters/Community Health Workers

Salud Sí: A Case Study for the Use of Participatory Evaluation in Creating Effective and Sustainable Community-Based Health Promotion

Ingram, Maia MPH; Piper, Rosalinda; Kunz, Susan MPH; Navarro, Cecilia DDS; Sander, Alicia; Gastelum, Sylvia

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Participatory evaluation can be an essential tool for community-based organizations in tailoring programs to the needs of the populations they serve. This article provides a case study of Salud Sí, a promotora-driven health promotion program designed to encourage physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and stress reduction among Mexican American women. Through a partnership between a community health center and an academic institution, we describe how the participatory evaluation framework is applied over a 10-year period throughout the stages of program development, implementation, and sustainability. Partners used the results to identify the essential elements of the health promotion program.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



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