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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

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

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.

Arizona Prevention Research Center (Ms Ingram); Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson (Ms Ingram); and Department of Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Mariposa Community Health Center, Nogales (Mss Piper, Kunz, Sander, and Gastelum and Dr Navarro), Arizona.

Correspondence: Maia Ingram, MPH, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, 1295 N Martin, Tucson, AZ 85724 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.