Cultural Health Brokers Within The Community

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Program Effectiveness Many studies have shown that using cultural health brokers within the community can improve diabetes self-management and reduce adverse health outcomes from diabetes. The pilot program studied in this article had the goal of improving access to health information and diabetes self-management skills. The Health Talkers went into their various community organizations such as churches, senior centers, youth camps, and workplaces. Many even spoke with family and friends. The program, not only provided educators within the community to increase understanding about diabetes management and care, it also provided a resource library within the community. The resource library contained further information on health care…show more content…
The community conversations were successful in reaching a broad spectrum of individuals including those with extensive diabetes knowledge to those with little to no experience or previous knowledge of the disease process. Each session was started with an open-ended question by the Health Talker that allowed them to evaluate the base of knowledge of each group as well as encourage active participation in the direction of information. A strong correlation in the effectiveness of the program may be attributed to the fact that the Health Talkers themselves represented people of a similar community, with similar outlooks and values, making them trustworthier due to prior relationships. In the African American community there has been noted to be a higher distrust of health care providers to which one of the Health Talkers emphasized “ . . . the need for patients to develop a proactive stance toward their own care, actively seeking doctors with whom they can form good relationships and approaching medical visits prepared with lists of questions” (Cadzow, 2014). At the conclusion of the program study, results showed that the Health Talkers successfully increased the knowledge of prevention and self-care management of diabetes throughout the community, the subjects with the greatest benefit were adolescents and the elderly. Adolescents who had family members affected by diabetes
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