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CHW Health Disparities Initiative


This list of Webinars, Evaluation, Journal Articles, and Toolkit: Helpful Handouts and Tools is related to the CHW Health Disparities Initiative.


View and share webinars designed for community health workers (CHWs). Find information on adult learning principles to motivate behavior change and enhance heart health; data collection to help track the progress of your heart health community program; and ways to implement the NHLBI’s heart health programs.

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The NHLBI has developed the tools below to help evaluate your heart health program.

Evaluation Report: Executive Summary

Community Health Worker Initiative Evaluation Report (Executive Summary) (PDF, 423 KB)
The evaluation report represents a comprehensive program evaluation that the NHLBI completed in 2012 of sites that had implemented the program using the NHLBI curriculum.

Community Education (revised 2012)

CHW Manual Evaluation Tools

The evaluation session (Session 12) in each of the CHW manuals provides a series of tools including:

Journal Articles

Below is an extensive list of peer-reviewed journal articles that showcase how different projects utilized the NHLBI materials.

  1. Hurtado, M., Spinner, J.R., Yang M., Evensen C., Windham A.,…Ortiz G. (2014). Knowledge and Behavioral Effects in Cardiovascular Health: Community Health Worker Health Disparities Initiative, 2007-2010. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.130250
  2. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2006). National healthcare disparities report 2006 (AHRQ Publication No. 07-0012). Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  3. Alcalay, R., Alvarado, M., Balcázar, H., Newman, E., & Huerta, E. (1999). Salud para su Corazón: A community-based Latino cardiovascular disease prevention and outreach model. Journal of Community Health, 24, 359-379.
  4. Alcalay, R., Alvarado, M., Balcázar, H., Newman. E., & Ortiz, G. (2000). Evaluation of a community-based Latino heart disease prevention program in metropolitan Washington DC. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 19, 191-204.
  5. Anders, R., Balcázar, H., & Paez, L. (2006). Hispanic community-based participatory research using a promotores de salud model. Hispanic Health Care International, 4(2), 71-78.
  6. Balcázar, H., Alvarado, M., Cantu, F., Pedregon, V., & Fulwood R. (2009). A promotora de salud model for addressing cardiovascular disease risk factors in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Preventing Chronic Disease, 6(1), A02.
  7. Balcázar, H., Alvarado, M., Alcalay, R., & Huerta, E. (1999). Salud para su corazón: Programa modelo para promover salud cardiovascular en Latinos. Medico Interamericano, 18, 18-23.
  8. Balcázar, H., Alvarado, M., Alcalay, R., Schindeldecker, M., Newman, E., Huerta, E. & Ortiz, G. (2001). Salud para su corazón: Evaluating cardiovascular health outreach activities in the Latino community. Medicine of the Americas, 2, 4-11.
  9. Balcázar, H., Luna Hollen, M., Medina, A., Pedregon, V., Alvarado, M., & Fulwood, R. (2005). The North Texas Salud para su Corazón promotor/a outreach program: An enhanced dissemination initiative. The Health Education Monograph Series, 22(1), 19-27.
  10. Balcázar, H. G., de Heer, H., Rosenthal, L., Aguirre, M., Flores, L., Puentes, F.A.,…Schulz, L. O. (2010). A promotores de salud intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in a high-risk Hispanic border population. Preventing Chronic Disease, 7(2), 1-10.
  11. Bell, J., Bell, J., Colmenar, R., Flournoy, R., McGehee, M., Rubin, V.,…Thompson, J. (2002). Reducing Health Disparities Through a Focus on Communities: A PolicyLink Report. Oakland, CA: PolicyLink.
  12. Brownstein, J. N., Chowdhury, F. M., Norris, S. L., Horsley, T., Jack, L., Zhang, X., & Satterfield, D. (2007). Effectiveness of community health workers in the care of people with hypertension. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2(5), 435-447.
  13. Bryant-Stephens, T., Kurian, C., Gua, R., & Zhao, H. (2009). Impact of a household environmental intervention delivered by lay health workers on asthma symptom control in urban, disadvantaged children with asthma. Research and Practice, 99(S3), S657-S665.
  14. Cherrington, A., Ayala, G. X., Amick, H., Scarinci, I., Allison, J., & Corbie-Smith, G. (2008). Applying the community health worker model to diabetes management: Using mixed methods to assess implementation and effectiveness. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18, 1044-1059.
  15. Cherrington, A., Ayala, G. X., Elder, J. P., Arredondo, E. M., Fouad, M., & Scarinci, I. (2010). Recognizing the diverse roles of community health worker in the elimination of health disparities: From paid staff to volunteers. Ethnicity & Disease, 20, 189-194.
  16. Fernandes, R., Braun, K. L., Spinner, J. R., Surdevant, C., Ancheta, S. J., Yoshimira, S. R.,…Lee, C. J. (2012). Healthy heart, healthy family: A NHLBI/HRSA collaborative employing community health workers to improve heart health. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 23, 988-999.
  17. Goodwin, K., & Tobler, L. (2008). Community Health Workers: Expanding the Scope of the Health Care Delivery System.external disclaimer Washington, DC: National Conference of State Legislatures. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  18. Luna Hollen, M., Balcázar, H., Medina, A., & Ahmed, N. (2002). The North Texas Salud para su Corazón (Health for your Heart) outreach initiative: Serving Hispanics in Fort Worth and Dallas. Texas Public Health Association Journal, 54(4), 5-12.
  19. Medina, A., Balcázar, H., Luna Hollen, M., Nkoma, E., & Soto Mas, F. (2007). Promotores de salud educating Hispanic communities on heart-healthy living. American Journal of Health Education, 38(4), 194-202.
  20. Moreno, C., Alvarado, M., Balcázar, H., Lane, C., Newman, E., Ortiz, G., & Forrest, M. (1997). Heart disease education and prevention program targeting immigrant Latinos: Using focus group responses to develop effective interventions. Journal of Community Health, 22, 435-450.
  21. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2003). Improving Health, Changing Lives: Communities Taking Action. Washington, DC: National Institutes of Health.
  22. Education Strategy Development Workshop. (2005). Public Health in Public Housing: Improving Health, Changing Lives. Washington, DC: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
  23. Balcázar, H., Alvarado, M., Luna Hollen, M., Gonzalez-Cruz, Y., Hughes, O., Vazquez, E., & Lykens, K. (2006). Salud para su Corazón-NCLR: A comprehensive promotora outreach program to promote heart-healthy behaviors among Latinos. Health Promotion Practice, 7(1), 68-77.
  24. Smedley, B. D., Stith, A. Y., & Nelson, A. R. (Eds.). (2003). Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
  25. Spinner, J. R., & Alvarado, M. (2012). Salud para su Corazón — A Latino promotora-led cardiovascular health education program. Family Community Health, 35(2), 111-119.
  26. Wallace, M. F., Fulwood, R., & Alvarado, M. (2008). NHLBI step-by-step approach to adapting cardiovascular training and education curricula for diverse audiences. Preventing Chronic Disease, 5(2), A61.
  27. Brega, A. G., Pratte, K. A., Jiang, L., Mitchell, C. M., Stotz, S. A., LoudHawk-Hedgepeth, C.,…Beals, J. (2013). Impact of targeted health promotion on cardiovascular knowledge among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Health Education Research, 28(3), 437-449.

Toolkit: Helpful Handouts and Tools

These supporting handouts and forms are found in the first 2 sections of Start to Finish: Your Toolkit to Plan and Run a Heart Health Program:

1. Plan Your Program

2 Run Your Program

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Last Updated: June 2014