M.I.C.A.H. Project HEAL: Sustainability of a Faith-Based Community Health Advisor Training Program in Urban Underserved Communities in the USA

Deborah B. Marin, Alex B. Karol, Vansh Sharma, John Wetmore, Zorina Costello, Brittney Henry, Mimsie Robinson, Linda Thompson, Israel Peña, Lina Jandorf

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Abstract

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) can play an important role in improving health outcomes. Lay community health advisors (CHAs) are integral to these efforts. This paper assesses the sustainability of a CHA training program for congregants in African-American and Latino FBOs and subsequent implementation of educational workshops. The program is unique in that a health care chaplain in an academic medical center was central to the program’s development and implementation. Forty-eight CHAs in 11 FBOs were trained to teach workshops on cardiovascular health, mental health, diabetes, and smoking cessation. Two thousand four hundred and forty-four participants attended 70 workshops. This program has the potential to be a model to educate individuals and to address health inequities in underserved communities. Health care chaplains in other medical centers may use this as a model for enhancing community engagement and education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2527-2538
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Chaplains
  • Community engagement
  • Community health advisors
  • Faith based
  • Health disparities

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