Evaluation of a peer health worker prenatal outreach and education program for Hispanic farmworker families

Louise H. Warrick, Anita H. Wood, Joel S. Meister, Jill G. de Zapien

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Abstract

This article contains the findings from an evaluation of a prenatal education program to Hispanic migrant farmworker families using peer health workers. The focus of the evaluation was on establishing the validity of the intervention model in the target population. Data are presented on the program setting, characteristics of the clients served, and effects of the educational program on the clients and peer health workers. The evaluation identified factors that established confidence in the program model: (1) there were existing barriers to health care and health information; (2) the program served a culturally specific and disadvantaged population; (3) the prenatal curriculum was culturally sensitive; (4) the peer workers were accepted by the target community; and (5) the model did not threaten the medical community. The directions for future research are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-26
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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