The Impact of Community Health Workers on the Health of Women in Public Housing

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154766
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Presentation
Title:
The Impact of Community Health Workers on the Health of Women in Public Housing
Abstract:
The Impact of Community Health Workers on the Health of Women in Public Housing
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Conference Date:July 10-12, 2003
Author:Swider, Susan
P.I. Institution Name:Rush University
Co-Authors:Claudia Baier
Women have traditionally turned to other women for health advice and support. Promotoras, Doulas and midwives have assisted women with health needs long before the creation of the contemporary health care system. With the movement toward community outreach, and the data documenting that large segments of Americans are underserved by the medical system, interest in the utilization and evaluation of community health workers (CHWs) is gaining momentum. The purpose of this project was to train CHWs to provide education and referral focusing on women's health issues in an inner city public housing community. Specifically, the CHWs provided: education on breast self exams, Pap smears, mammograms,and stress management; and appropriate referrals, follow up and support for the participating women. During the two years of the project, CHWs canvassed over 1000 women door to door, and in community events. Of these women, 400 were provided with general health education and referral information. Of these, 100 women participated in a two hour workshop teaching BSE and stress management, and encouraging Pap smears and mammograms. These women identified lack of accessible care as the primary reason for not receiving regular preventive care. Eighty six percent of these participants demonstrated increased knowledge of breast and cervical cancer risk and stress reduction measures on post test. At 6 month follow up, 100% of those women contacted reported receiving Pap smears and mammograms, as appropriate. However, only 19% of the workshop participants were able to be contacted for follow up. The researchers conclude: CHWs are effective at reaching neighborhood women; finding accessible preventive care for low income women continues to be a challenge; tracking women in this population is difficult due to welfare to work requirements and population mobility; and the participants benefitted from booster educational sessions for maintenance of health knowledge and promotion of healthy behaviors. <!--Abstract 13518 modified by 144.74.118.109 on 11-4-2002-->
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Jul-2003
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Impact of Community Health Workers on the Health of Women in Public Housingen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154766-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Impact of Community Health Workers on the Health of Women in Public Housing</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 10-12, 2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Swider, Susan</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Rush University</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">sswider@rushu.rush.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Claudia Baier</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Women have traditionally turned to other women for health advice and support. Promotoras, Doulas and midwives have assisted women with health needs long before the creation of the contemporary health care system. With the movement toward community outreach, and the data documenting that large segments of Americans are underserved by the medical system, interest in the utilization and evaluation of community health workers (CHWs) is gaining momentum. The purpose of this project was to train CHWs to provide education and referral focusing on women's health issues in an inner city public housing community. Specifically, the CHWs provided: education on breast self exams, Pap smears, mammograms,and stress management; and appropriate referrals, follow up and support for the participating women. During the two years of the project, CHWs canvassed over 1000 women door to door, and in community events. Of these women, 400 were provided with general health education and referral information. Of these, 100 women participated in a two hour workshop teaching BSE and stress management, and encouraging Pap smears and mammograms. These women identified lack of accessible care as the primary reason for not receiving regular preventive care. Eighty six percent of these participants demonstrated increased knowledge of breast and cervical cancer risk and stress reduction measures on post test. At 6 month follow up, 100% of those women contacted reported receiving Pap smears and mammograms, as appropriate. However, only 19% of the workshop participants were able to be contacted for follow up. The researchers conclude: CHWs are effective at reaching neighborhood women; finding accessible preventive care for low income women continues to be a challenge; tracking women in this population is difficult due to welfare to work requirements and population mobility; and the participants benefitted from booster educational sessions for maintenance of health knowledge and promotion of healthy behaviors. &lt;!--Abstract 13518 modified by 144.74.118.109 on 11-4-2002--&gt;</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:15:40Z-
dc.date.issued2003-07-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:15:40Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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