Dear Community Health Worker:
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the #1 killer of all Americans and is one of the leading causes of death among Filipino Americans. High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, overweight/obesity, smoking, not being physically active, and diabetes are all factors that increase a person’s risk of CVD. The good news is that people can lower their risk by making some lifestyle changes, and community health workers like you can help. The “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” manual can guide you as you begin this journey.
“Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” is a heart health manual created especially for Filipino American communities by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The manual is taught by community health workers and focuses on helping people build skills to make practical, lasting changes to help fight heart disease and to improve their health. You will notice that cultural adaptations are used to make the manual more appealing and relevant to Filipino American communities.
The “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” manual provides all the information you need to put this heart health project into action in your community. This manual can be used to train community health workers as well as to educate members of the Filipino American community, or it can serve as the basis for other community activities.
“Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” is dedicated to community health workers like you who devote time and energy to help others improve their health and live longer. Thank you for making a difference.
Robinson Fulwood, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Last Updated March 2012