The use of community health workers (CHWs) or lay health advisors has been increasingly popular as an effective means of secondary prevention for cardiovascular health in hard-to-reach, underserved populations. Yet, published evaluations of the CHW training programs are rare. The purpose of this article is to report the results of an evaluation of a CHW training program for hypertension and diabetes management for Korean-American seniors. Forty-eight hours of training was developed and delivered to 12 Korean CHWs. Evaluation of the training program involved CHW surveys, trainer observation and debriefing and CHW focus groups. Testing of CHW knowledge showed that all CHWs met the minimum required knowledge level of 70%. Independent ratings by two trainer observations revealed that the overall CHW performance was satisfactory. Both CHW ratings and focus group data indicated that the training program met their expectation (average 9.3 on a 10-point scale) and was successful in empowering them to assume their role as a 'health initiator', 'health advertising agent' or 'health role model'. While this course is judged to be effective in general, future research is warranted to determine whether CHW provision of care and support will affect health outcomes in the target population.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health