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Community Health Workers in Rural Settings – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Community Health Workers in Rural Settings.

Evaluating Home-Based Health Coaching from Community Health Representatives for Navajo Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
Reports on the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) program that utilizes community health representatives (CHRs) in the home setting to assist Navajo adults with diabetes management. Discusses CHRs' community-wide health promotion strategies and individualized in-home patient care. Includes results of the program on participant health.
Author(s): Sonya S. Shin, A. Katrina Nelson, Letizia Trevisi, et al.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Salud es Vida: A Cervical Cancer Screening Intervention for Rural Latina Immigrant Women
Investigates the feasibility and effectiveness of Salud Es Vida, an educational group session led by promotoras focused on cervical cancer screening and increased cervical cancer knowledge among immigrant Hispanic/Latina women from farmworker environments. The intervention was conducted in four rural counties of Southeast Georgia and included the development of a toolkit offering a curriculum guide and class activities created in partnership with promotoras.
Author(s): John S. Luque, Yelena N. Tarasenko, Claudia Reyes-Garcia, et al.
Citation: Journal of Cancer Education, 32(4), 690-699
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
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Culturally-Relevant Online Cancer Education Modules Empower Alaska's Community Health Aides/Practitioners to Disseminate Cancer Information and Reduce Cancer Risk
Discusses a study based on post-training surveys from online learning modules providing cancer education for Community Health Aide/Practitioners (CHA/Ps) serving rural Native Alaskan communities. Details CHA/Ps perceptions of the training and how they plan to apply it in their practice.
Author(s): Katie Cueva, Laura Revels, Melany Cueva, et al.
Citation: Journal of Cancer Education, 33(5), 1102-1109
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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The Role of Social Support and the Neighborhood Environment on Physical Activity in Low-income, Mexican-American Women in South Texas
Presents a study on the effectiveness of a promotora-led intervention aimed at improving the rates of physical activity among low-income Mexican-American women in rural South Texas.
Author(s): Jennifer J. Salinas, Marisol McDaniel, Deborah Parra-Medina
Citation: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, 51(5), 234-241
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Culturally-Relevant Online Education Improves Health Workers' Capacity and Intent to Address Cancer
Discusses the findings of a survey of Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHA/Ps) in rural Alaska regarding their participation in culturally-relevant online learning modules developed to increase their knowledge about cancer and improve their capacity to interact with patients about cancer.
Author(s): Katie Cueva, Melany Cueva, Laura Revels, Mark Dignan
Citation: Journal of Community Health, 43(4), 660–666
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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A Mixed-Method Assessment of a Pilot Peer Advocate Intervention for Rural Gender and Sexual Minorities
Examines implementation challenges of a peer-based, community health worker intervention intended to help rural lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people with mental health or substance abuse issues. Details the pilot program, which focused on a diverse area of rural New Mexico, discusses the results and challenges, and offers recommendations based on the findings.
Author(s): Cathleen E. Willging, Audrey Harkness, Tania Israel, et al.
Citation: Community Mental Health Journal, 54(4), 395-409
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
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Williamson Health and Wellness Center
Video highlighting a West Virginia community health worker program that helps patients with chronic illness connect with services and manage their health.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Supervision Manual for Promotor(a) de Salud Programs
Provides basic guidelines for personnel management to supervisors of Promotor(a) de Salud programs. Covered topics include recruiting and hiring, orientation and training, supervision, and challenges.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: MHP Salud
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Using Community Health Workers and Volunteers to Reach Complex Needs Populations
Part one of a three-part webinar series exploring advances in the complex healthcare workforce. Part one identifies strategies for integrating community health workers (CHWs) and volunteers into healthcare teams serving high-need and high-cost patients in rural and urban areas. Describes the ReSource Teams program and its volunteer network helping individuals with complex needs access appropriate health and social services in rural Montana.
Author(s): Lara Shadwick, Jane Emmert, Linda Dunbar, et al.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Living in Limbo: Latinas' Assessment of Lower Rio Grande Valley Colonias Communities
Highlights the activities conducted by promotoras during an intervention study using community asset mapping (CAM) to identify factors that may facilitate or create barriers to physical activity among Latina residents in the U.S.-Mexico border region of Texas.
Author(s): DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, Patricia A. Sharpe, Lulis del Castilo-Gonzalez, Laura Treviño, Deborah Parra-Medina
Citation: Public Health Nursing, 34(3), 267-275
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
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Last Updated: 8/5/2022