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The Strategic Champions: Community Health Workers Promoting Heart Health Project

 

The Strategic Champions project was brought to Massachusetts by a partnership of the Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center’s Outreach Worker Training Institute (OWTI), the Boston Public Health Commission’s Community Health Education Center (CHEC), the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Office of Community Health Workers.

 

The project goal was to deliver CHW-instructed, culturally relevant heart health education into Latino and African American communities experiencing higher rates of cardiovascular disease.  The timeline for the project was April 2012 - July 2013.

 

Project outcomes:

  • A 4-day, 24 hour Train-the-Trainer course was offered in three locations: Worcester, Springfield and Boston, in the fall of 2012.
  • 67 CHWs completed the training course to become Heart Health CHWs with capacity to instruct 10 sessions of heart health education content from the NHLBI curricula: Your Heart, Your Life and With Every Heartbeat is Life.
  • 40 of these CHWs went on to teach these sessions in their communities between January-June 2013, teaching 738 hours of heart health education and reaching more than 1200 community members.
  • Heart Health CHWs and project staff disseminated thousands of copies of heart health education materials.
  • The Heart Health CHWs also reported positive heart healthy changes in their own lives.

 

Find NHLBI Heart Health and other Educational Materials and links at:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/tools-resources/ethnically-diverse-populations.htm

 

To learn more about the project, please contact: Jena Adams at 508-756-6676 x 20 or by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

 

 

 Last updated 6/27/2013.

 
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