Your Heart, Your Life: A Community Health Worker's Manual for the Hispanic Community

Session 12 Handout Your Heart, Your Life: Three Strategies To Offer in Your Community

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Your Heart, Your Life: Three Strategies To Offer in Your Community
Strategy Goals Description of Activities Settings Target Audience
1. Train the Trainer
  • Increase the number of promotores who are prepared to train others.
  • Increase the use of the “Your Heart, Your Life” manual by trained promotores.
  • Increase knowledge about heart health.
  • Increase positive attitudes and behaviors toward a healthy lifestyle.
  • Increase the ability to identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease in participants.

Trained promotores train others by:

  • Recruiting promotores.
  • Teaching the “Your Heart, Your Life” manual to other promotores.
  • Administering the pretest and posttest.
  • Doing followups to make sure that trained promotores are using the manual.

Clinical and nonclinical:

  • Community-based organizations
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Public health programs
  • Promotores
  • Other health professionals, for example, nurses, registered dietitians, nutritionists, and public health educators
2. Community Education
a. Teach the educational manual only.
  • Increase knowledge about heart health.
  • Increase positive attitudes to make lifestyle changes.
  • Increase the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Trained promotores who work in nonclinical settings:

  • Recruit members of the community.
  • Teach the “Your Heart, Your Life” manual.
  • Administer the “My Health Habits Pretest and Posttest.”

Nonclinical:

  • Community-based organizations
  • Resource centers
  • Homes
  • Schools
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Senior centers
  • Families and community members with signed informed consent
2. Community Education
b. Teach the educational manual, and screen project participants.
  • Increase knowledge about heart health.
  • Increase positive attitudes to make lifestyle changes.
  • Increase the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • Track participants' clinical data.
  • Refer participants with elevated levels to health care professionals to verify if levels are high.

Trained promotores working in nonclinical settings:

  • Recruit members of the community.
  • Teach the “Your Heart, Your Life” manual.
  • Administer the “My Health Habits Pretest and Posttest.”
  • Take height, weight, and waist measures.
  • Measure participants' blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood glucose levels.
  • Refer individuals with elevated clinical measures to health care professionals to confirm their levels are high.
  • Nonclinical in partnership with a health care professional
  • Families and community members with signed informed consent
3. Lifestyle and Clinical Management
  • Increase knowledge about heart health.
  • Increase positive attitudes for making lifestyle changes.
  • Increase adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • Lower body mass index (BMI), high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and high blood glucose.

Trained promotores who participate as members of the health care team:

  • Teach the “Your Heart, Your Life” manual to patients with heart disease risk factors and to patients who are interested in learning about heart health.
  • Administer the “My Health Habits Pretest and Posttest.”
  • Take patients' height, weight, and waist measures.
  • Work with health care professionals to track patients' blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood glucose.
  • Do followup activities (home visits and phone calls) to make sure patients are following their treatment plans and making lifestyle changes.
  • Provide social support and encouragement.
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Managed- care programs
  • Health centers
  • Private doctors' offices
  • Health departments
  • Patients with heart disease risk factors
  • Patients interested in learning about heart health

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Your Heart, Your Life, 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




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