Dear Community Health Worker Letter
Dear Community Health Worker:
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the #1 killer of all Americans, including Latinos. Sadly, nearly one out of four Latinos dies of heart disease. High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity, 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 (promotores de salud) like you can help. The “Your Heart, Your Life” manual can guide you as you begin this journey.
“Your Heart, Your Life” is a heart health manual created especially for Latino 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.
The “Your Heart, Your Life” 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 Latino community, or it can serve as the basis for other community activities.
“Your Heart, Your Life” 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.
You Are Unique in This World
Dedicated to Community Health Workers
Almost prancing, joyful and dancing
To the neighborhood and family you surrender your heart.
Heart health is the key, and you now know it well.
You know how hard it is to change your ways.
You are a great listener.
Poem written by Gloria Ortiz, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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