The Role of the Community Health Worker
Community health workers play a key role in promoting better health in Filipino American communities. They help people learn about health issues and show them ways to live healthier lives. Without them, many Filipino Americans might not receive such vital information.
Successful community health workers have special qualities. They know their communities well. They are dedicated to improving the health of their communities. They enjoy teaching others, feel comfortable in front of a group, and know how to work with a group. They are also:
Let's Hear From You!
We thank you for your interest and efforts to help Filipino Americans take steps to protect their hearts. We invite you to give us your feedback on how you are using the manual in your community.
Your feedback will help promote the expansion of the project in the United States and abroad and contribute to the growth of the Healthy Heart, Healthy Family network. Establishing a large network is important to keep the project going strong!
You may also send your feedback to:
Healthy Heart, Healthy Family Project
The “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” manual was developed with the dedication of many people. NHLBI gratefully acknowledges the contributions of community health workers, families, groups, institutions, and organizations to the success of this manual. We appreciate the time they dedicated to reviewing the manual, sharing their knowledge, and providing continuous support:
NHLBI extends special recognition to the following individuals and organizations for assisting NHLBI in helping make the material culturally appropriate and for sampling selected sessions and/or activities of the manual with the community:
May the “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” manual lead to a new cycle of action to strengthen and sustain heart health in the Filipino American communities.
IQ Solutions, Inc.
About the “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” Manual
To teach the “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” sessions, the following materials are needed:
Ordering information for these materials appears in the Appendix.
How To Use This Manual
Community Health Workers, this manual is for you! The “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” manual can be used to train community health workers. After you've been trained, you can conduct your own trainings and teach others how to be community health workers.
The “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” manual consists of 12 sessions that include step-by-step instructions on how to teach 11 fun and educational sessions to community residents or patients. Each Session is taught in motivational and interactive ways to keep the attention of the group members. Each session helps people learn about what they can do to prevent heart disease. The manual includes worksheets and handouts for project participants (group members) to take home to read and share with their family and friends.
It also includes a special session for community health workers on how to evaluate completed projects. This session helps community health workers determine how successful they have been in implementing their training and educational activities and helping community residents adopt heart healthy habits. The Appendix features special training activities and teaching tips and explains how to start a project in their own communities.
“Healthy heart, Healthy Family” Sessions
Each session begins with a summary page that explains:
Each session also includes five major parts:
Symbols are used throughout the manual to let you know quickly what comes next:
The “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” picture cards can be used with the manual to help you present information for each session. When you see the picture card symbol in the manual, you will know to show a picture that relates to the information you will be talking about. On the back of each picture card is a script in English and Tagalog that you can read aloud while you show the picture card.
Breaks and Refreshments
You should take a short break about halfway through each session. You may want to use the time to do some easy stretches. Another option is to serve a small healthy snack with water during the break. Snack ideas include light yogurt or fruit, or vegetables with low-fat dip and water. Or you can make one of the recipes from this manual and have group members taste it.
At Least 6 Weeks in Advance
At Least 1 Week Before Each Session
The Day of the Session
Working With Your Group
Leading the Group
Motivating Group Members
Getting People to Come
Answering Hard Questions
Remember that it's okay not to know all the answers! Say that you will have the correct answer by the next session. Call a local health educator, registered dietitian, or nurse to find out the correct information.
Keeping People on Track
Give the group the correct information when a group member gives incorrect or incomplete information. Give the person credit for any part of his or her answer that is correct. Say that people often hear incorrect information and believe it to be true. Tell the group members that this is one important reason why they are taking the course—to get correct information.
Have a good time. You are doing an important service for yourself and your community. Thank you!
Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.
Last Updated March 2012